Dreams Do Come True

Some dreams to come true. Just ask one of Auburn's newest verbal commitments. His just did.

Opelika, Ala.--He says he knew it all along. But Tuesday afternoon it was made official as athlete Will Herring verbally committed to the Auburn Tigers. A leader on both offense and defense for coach Spence McCracken at Opelika, Herring notes that this is the culmination of a dream for him, one that he's thought about a long time.

"There's not a better place to play in the nation right now than right here at Auburn," he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Coach Tuberville has got a great thing going and the staff they have right now is pretty incredible. The group of guys over there, I went over there and felt right at home and fit right in. I think it's going to be an outstanding opportunity for the next few years."

Growing up an Auburn fan just minutes away from campus, Herring says that he always knew this was the place he wanted to play football but that didn't become a reality until earlier this season when Auburn came knocking on his door.

"It's always been my dream," Herring says. "I don't think there's a little kid that enjoys any kind of athletic event, football especially, that if you have been to an Auburn game there is nothing more incredible than sitting in Jordan-Hare Stadium for an Alabama or Florida game. It's just an awesome, awesome event. When they offered me this season I felt like God was opening up some doors and was going to fulfil one of my dreams. I'm just thankful that He did. I can't express how blessed I feel right now."

Herring pulls off a jacket to show the Auburn jersey underneath.

Now the only decision that is forthcoming is which position will Herring play? Some believe quarterback is his best position while others contend he is perfect for the safety spot. Either one, you can be assured that Herring doesn't mind as long as he plays. As a quarterback he had pretty gaudy statistics for his career, passing for 2,604 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for another 1,572 yards and 27 touchdowns. No matter where he lines up, he says he'll be having fun. Somehow I believe him.

"I'm not worried about playing quarterback," he smiles. "Heck, for all I care you can put me at long snapper and I'll be fine. I just like getting out there and playing. The game of football is football in my opinion. I played offense and defense this year and both were equally fun to me."

Herring also hopes he has a future in baseball as an Auburn Tiger. Getting the go-ahead from Coach Tuberville to check into the baseball program at Auburn, Herring says that both Steve Renfroe and Hal Baird were kind enough to speak with him and he believes he could enjoy both at Auburn if it works out.

"I'm just competitive," he notes. "A lot depends on how this season goes. If everything works out like I have planned hopefully I'll get to do both sports. Whatever works out I guess."

For now he will continue his baseball career at Opelika until he graduates later in the year. One person that will be sorry to see Herring leave is McCracken. His coach for the last three seasons on the varsity, McCracken had nothing but great things to say about Herring Tuesday.

"He is a leader not only on his football team but in the school," McCracken says of Herring. "He is a quality human being and I have never met more of a competitor in my 28 years of coaching than Will Herring."

It's hard to add anything to that.

Herring, McCracken and Jackson pose following Tuesday's announcements.

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