Tiger Football Signee Staying Busy

Academics and his spring sports schedule are keeping this honor student football signee busy before he joins the Auburn program.

Auburn football signee Will Herring is wrapping up an impressive high school career on the athletic field and in the classroom and says he is looking forward to a new start in college.

The quarterback/defensive back from Opelika High School hasn't slowed down much since signing with the Tigers in February. He is the starting center fielder for one of the better baseball teams in his school's recent history and is currently involved in the Class 6A state playoffs. He is hitting .391 with 25 RBI for the 21-9 Bulldogs, who are ranked ninth as they open playoff competition today in Mobile vs. McGill-Toolen.

Herring is shown last May at the Capital City Combine in Montgomery where he was one of the top athletes.

Herring is also working out with weights to be ready for preseason practice at Auburn that starts in August and he has not slacked up in the classroom. He is sporting a perfect 4.0 grade point average and recently won a $1,250 scholarship from the National Football Foundation for his success in athletics, academics, leadership and the variety of community service projects he is involved in.

"We are having a great baseball season," Herring says with a smile. "I am lifting as much as I can. The program they have got me has me lifting three times a week. As soon as baseball is finished, I will be on campus more often. I will probably enroll for classes at Auburn starting July 7th for the second mini-semester."

Herring was an effective runner and passer as a high school quarterback.

Herring is up to 6-3, 208 pounds, which is eight more pounds than he weighed as a high school senior quarterback, when he totaled nearly 2,000 yards offense. He occasionally played some defense on big plays. Auburn recruited him as an athlete with the likelihood that he will end up on the defensive side of the ball.

"Right now, the coaches are telling me that I will probably play free safety when we start practice," he notes.

Herring says he is being careful during his weight gain not to lose any of the speed that helped him become a three-year starter in high school. He has been consistently timed in the low 4.5s for the 40-yard dash. Combine that with good football knowledge and excellent height for a safety and the Opelika High standout is an intriguing prospect.

Herring (left) is shown with his football coach Spencer McCracken and fellow Auburn signee T.J. Jackson (right) on National Signing Day last February.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Herring, who is interested in being a doctor, plans to major in pre-medicine at Auburn...Although a variety of other colleges recruited him, it was an uphill battle and many, like Georgia and Tennessee, gave up when they figured out how much he likes the AU program. "I grew up an Auburn fan and have always liked the Tigers. I think very highly of the coaching staff and I like everything about the program."...Herring was considered one of the top junior prospects in the state during the fall of 2000 and didn't hurt his standing with a strong showing at the Capital City Combine in Montgomery, where he was one of the top athletes at the event last May...A versatile athlete, Herring is an excellent deep snapper for extra points, field goals and punts.

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