Talented Athlete Down To Two

This versatile football player has narrowed his choices down to two schools and will visit the Plains this weekend.

Opelika, Ala.--Athletes like Will Herring don't come around very often. Standing 6-feet-3 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds, Herring has the size that is needed to excel on the collegiate level at several positions.

With 4.53 speed in the 40-yard dash, he also has the ability to cover ground as a quarterback, safety or even a linebacker. That is exactly the question Herring faces when choosing a college. Where do I fit in?

Having narrowed his choices down to two schools, Herring tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he will take his second and final visit this weekend when he takes the short drive to Auburn to visit coach Tommy Tuberville and staff. Although he's had ample opportunities to visit the campus and meet the coaches, he says it will be a good opportunity to see the program up close and personal for a few days before he makes a decision.

Herring looks over his team in a first round playoff game.

"I just want to see where I fit in their plans," he notes, "what kind of role they have for me to contribute to the team. I know the staff real well. They've been great throughout the whole thing. I guess I want to see how it feels being around the players and the group of guys."

In addition to the Tigers, Herring is also considering the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, which he visited last weekend. He also considered LSU and North Carolina State before chopping his list down to two. Recruiting him hard for as long as anyone, Middle Tennessee will give Herring the opportunity to play quarterback but he notes that's not a big concern to him at the moment. He just wants a chance to play.

"This weekend I went up to Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee," he notes. "It went great. I had a good time. It was everything I expected, I guess.

Last spring, Herring said that QB was the position he preferred to play in college. When asked if the position he plays will influence his decision, Herring answers, "Not really. Not the position as much as how can I help the team? If they think I can help the team that will influence me more than where I can help the team at."

Something that may influence him on the weekend will be the companionship of defensive tackle Tommy "T.J." Jackson on the trip. Childhood friends and teammates at Opelika, the two will be reunited with former teammate Lemarcus Rowell and that's something Herring says he thinks will be special.

"I'm sure it will," Herring says. "Two of my teammates and everything, I love both of them. Especially Tommy, we're real close because we grew up together. I'm sure we'll have a great time on the weekend just hanging out together."

Playing both quarterback and safety for Coach Spence McCracken and the Opelika Bulldogs, Herring showed his skills as a playmaker on both sides of the ball. Passing for 960 yards with 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions while adding another 1,050 yards on the ground with 12 touchdowns, it is no wonder that schools have been paying notice to him since he first stepped foot on the gridiron.

Also a standout baseball player, Herring has been in contact with Auburn baseball coach Steve Renfroe about the possibility of playing the sport in college. He has alsotalked to the baseball coaches at Middle Tennessee State about playing both sports. Versatile on the diamond as well with the ability to play a wide variety of positions including first base and all the outfield spots, Herring hit .450 as a junior and is looking forward to having a strong senior season.

When asked if he planned to inquire about the prospects of playing baseball, Herring gave a solid answer. "Yes sir, definitely," he notes. "Right now I'm not 100 percent that I'm going to play both but I'm hoping I can at least try it out and give myself a chance. I don't want to sell myself short if I feel like that's something I might can do in college."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Herring saw his stock rise dramatically over the summer when he ran sub 4.6 times at several college camps, including Auburn. A heady player who always seems to be in the right place at the right time, Herring would be a perfect fit for the Tigers in their quest to shore up the safety spot for the coming years…Jackson, considered one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the South, will visit with Herring this weekend and is thought to be leaning to the Tigers. He visited Alabama last weekend and is also considering LSU and Georgia Tech.


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