Opelika Duo Announces Decisions

Two of the state of Alabama's top prospects announced their college destinations on Tuesday.

Opelika, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers continued their push towards a top-notch football recruiting class with the additions of quarterback/athlete Will Herring and defensive tackle Tommy "T.J." Jackson to the fold on Tuesday afternoon.

Announcing their decisions at Opelika High School, the 6-3, 202-pound Herring and the 6-2, 290-pound Jackson said they would be playing for coach Tommy Tuberville and the Tigers.

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, Herring showed excellent QB skills on offense. On defense he is a ferocious hitter who has a knack for finding the ball from his safety position.

Herring figures to get a shot on both sides of the ball when he reports along with the rest of the newcomers in August for two-a-day practices. Another place he may play is on the baseball diamond as he hopes to get a chance to perform for coach Steve Renfroe and his Tigers sometime down the road.

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. He chose Auburn over Middle Tennessee State, but also considered LSU, North Carolina State and Arkansas.

Jackson is rated as one of the top players at his position in the South. A powerful and quick defender, he led an Opelika defense that was considered one of the best in Alabama this season. An extremely strong player who can bull through opposing offenses, he is also quick enough to get to the passer and chase ball carriers from sideline to sideline. His best game as a senior came against area rival Central-Phenix City when he totaled 21 tackles.

A two-year starter on defense and a three-year starter on offense, Jackson was a dominant force on both sides of the ball but definitely projects as a defensive tackle in college. He chose Auburn over LSU, Alabama, Georgia Tech and many others.

(We will have additional details from their press conference later today.)

Tiger Ticket Extra: Both are strong students and should not have any troubles with the NCAA Clearinghouse like the ones that plagued their former teammate, linebacker Lemarcus Rowell.


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