Linebacker To Visit Plains

After an earlier verbal to Ole Miss, this linebacker is now going to visit several schools, including Auburn.

Batesville, Miss.--Linebacker Chris Herring, a verbal commitment to the Ole Miss Rebels early last month, has decided to open up his recruiting once again and will take visits to several SEC schools beginning this weekend with a visit to Mississippi State and ending with a January 18 visit to Auburn.

"I'm still going to take some visits," Herring told Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm going to Georgia next weekend, Georgia on December 14 and Auburn in January. I'm still committed to Ole Miss. I'm 99 percent sure that's where I'm going, but I want to look around and make it 100 percent."

Chris Herring

At 6-2, 265 pounds, this middle linebacker is one of the most fearsome players in the Magnolia State this season for South Panola High School. Normally a powerhouse in the state, this season they struggled to a 5-6 record and a first-round playoff loss. But that wasn't because Herring didn't do his job. Finishing the season with 140 tackles, three sacks, five interceptions and four forced fumbles, Herring caused more than his share of headaches for opposing offensive coaches.

A three-year starter at middle linebacker, Herring says that most schools are recruiting him as either a linebacker or defensive end. No matter which position, the senior says that the school of his choice will likely have to offer the chance at early playing time.

"One reason why I'm taking my visits is that I don't know everybody on the different rosters," he notes. "If a team is short somewhere, that might be a mind-changer."

A versatile athlete, he also played a little tailback early in the season and had 10 carries for 53 yards. While he dabbled with offense just a little, he knows his future is on defense and he's already begun working on the part of the game that most people take for granted.

"My strength is my speed to the football," he notes. "And I'm working on my tackling. I missed quite a few tackles this year and that part of my game needs to go better."

Premium Plus Extra: With the addition of Lemarcus Rowell from Opelika, who will be eligible to go through spring practice following numerous foul-ups by the NCAA that caused him to miss this season entirely, the Tigers' need for linebackers has been lessened somewhat. Add to that the verbal commitments of Benjamin Russell standout Tyrone Martin, North Surry (N.C) High star Oliver King and Macon County (Ga.) High's Kevis Burnham and you have a class already loaded in linebacker talent. A name to watch for in the coming weeks is Jess Lanier's Demeco Ryans. A playmaker who hits a ton, Ryans has flown up the recruiting lists of colleges around the South. Leading his team to an 9-3 record and a berth in the third-round of the Class 6A AHSAA playoffs, Ryans will continue to receive plenty of attention until Signing Day rolls around in February.

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