DB Herzog keeping options open (VIDEO)


Ravens standout in early stages of recruitment process

Essex Ravens defensive back Michael Herzog continues to extend a family tradition on the gridiron.

Michael Herzog

Defensive Back, Running Back

5’8, 175lbs

Essex Ravens (OVFL)
Holy Names Knights (high school: (WECSSAA)


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Michael Herzog, despite his young age, is already under the watchful eyes of numerous CIS scouts.

Herzog began playing the game at age 8 with the Essex Ravens of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL), where he has spent his entire 8 year career. He also plays high school football for the Holy Names Knights of the Windsor and Essex County Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WECSSAA). He won the championship with the Knights in 2015.

Speaking of that championship, Herzog said it was the highlight of his 2015 season, not only because they won it, but how they did it.

“My highlight of last season had to have been winning the [WECSSAA] championship,” mentioned Herzon. “We were down 14-0 at halftime and then scored 27 unanswered points [in the second half[. It was also my first WECSSAA championship.”


He says some of his closest bloodlines are some of his strongest supporters, and he is following in the footsteps of two of them.

“My Mom and Dad are my biggest support system because without their guidance and direction my goals would not feel as attainable,” said the Ravens standout of his parents. “I also look up to my two brothers Zach and Rob Herzog,” he went on. They both are great football players and they both help me out with football a lot, whether it’s giving me tips while playing or going to the field to train and get better.”

Herzog said that, while recruitment has been enjoyable in its early stages, that is not his main focus at this point in time.

“I’ve been contacted by a few CIS schools,” stated the 185-pounder. “But right now I want to develop my game before I consider any options.”


He plays 7-on-7 football during the winter months, which is a great tune-up for the summer season. While competitive, it is meant as more of a fine-tuning tool for players to use to refine their game and stay sharp during the offseason.

The 2018 graduate has a clear plan for how he wants to improve this offseason in preparation for another Junior Varsity campaign with the Ravens.

This offseason I’m going work on developing myself into a better, faster, stronger and smarter football player,” alluded Herzog. “I am also going to focus mainly on my coverage skills, and 7v7 really helps with that.” In addition to playing 7’s, he also hits the weight room four days a week.

As he is only in Grade 10, Herzog does not have any immediate plans to tour any universities, nor has he thought about a possible post-secondary destination. That said, he does plan to study some area in the business field upon graduation.


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