After an unlikely route to the University of Houston, Jake Herslow is hoping for an NFL shot

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — With the NFL draft in four weeks, several professional scouts will be on the University of Houston campus Friday to watch the pros train.

Coogs receiver Jake Herslow is one of 13 UH players slated to train – despite being told he doesn’t have the size, speed or ability. But Herslow has the confidence and says all he needs is a chance.

“I understand that I’m probably not one of the most sought-after guys in the NFL draft, but I’m used to it,” Herslow explained during an interview with ABC13.

Herslow is used to it because it’s been his football story for most of his life.

“That’s all I really knew,” Herslow explained. “My mom gave me handouts when I was 5 years old.”

The next step in his football journey is the NFL. Though Herslow will practice for pro scouts during UH’s Pro Day, so-called draft pundits say the league is a longshot for the undersized, overlooked receiver. But he was second on Coogs’ team in touchdown catches last season as a graduate of Old Dominion University in Virginia, who came to town without a scholarship.

“I packed my car and drove 23 hours,” said Herslow, who played three seasons for Old Dominion before joining UH ahead of the 2021 season. “Since I didn’t know anyone in Houston, I took a chance on myself, bet on myself.”

Though the odds are against him again, Herslow said he had no doubt that his hard work and willingness to play anywhere on the field would help him make his mark on an NFL team.

“If I get a chance to put my foot in the door of an NFL minicamp or something like that, it’s going to be difficult to get me out of there,” he said. “Because I know what kind of player I am. I didn’t get this far just to get this far.”

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