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Herbig headed to California

Saint Louis School senior offensive lineman Nate Herbig announced where he will play college ball.

Herbig, a Kalaheo native, said on KHON 2 Thursday evening he will play for Pac-12 school Stanford.

Herbig said he chose Stanford because of the institution’s reputation, not only on the gridiron, but in the classroom as well.

“I’m thankful and I’m soaking it all in,” Herbig said over the phone Thursday. “I’m just happy I that I got to make my decision. I wouldn’t pick any other school.”

“I’m looking forward to the college atmosphere. It’s always been my dream to play college football at the highest level. One more year, and that will come true,” he added.

Before he makes the trip to California, however, he will finish his senior year at Saint Louis.

“Now that this media thing is over, I’m excited to go back to work with my boys at Saint Louis and chase that state championship,” he said.

He added he hopes he can be an example to Kauai’s youth athletes who aspire to play at the collegiate level.

“I know everyone on Kauai talks about Oahu. I just want to say to the boys and girls on Kauai to don’t ever give up on your dreams,” Herbig said.

Herbig, who is 6-foot-4 inch and weighs 320 pounds, also received offers from San Diego State, Washington State, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Hawaii, UNLV, California and Colorado.

The son of Bruce and Robyn Herbig of Kalaheo played for Kauai High during his first two years of high school. During that time, he helped the Red Raiders earn a berth in the Division II state championship game when he was a sophomore.

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Alden Alayvilla, TGI reporter, contributed to this story.

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