On Saturday at noon, he and his teammates from Shiloh Christian School will be trying for a perfect finish to a perfect season in the Class 3A state championship game when they face Prescott High School.
"The state championship game at The Rock, War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock and we are definitely excited about it," Herring tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We are 13-0 and looking to win it and bring home a ring."
Shiloh Christian comes into the game with plenty of momentum from its semi-final victory over Harding Academy. "We won that game 40-7," Herring notes. "It was actually 18 degrees outside and it had snowed the day before. The field was raked and there was snow all over the sidelines. It was cold.
"We just came out and hit them in the mouth and they weren't ready for it," he says. "We tore them up. I played pretty good and I had some good little licks."
The 6-1 1/2, 205-pound linebacker says that Auburn is his leader and notes that he has received two recent visits from the AU coaching staff.
"Coach Hugh Nall came out Tuesday to see me and he also came out last week," Herring says. "He came by the school to see me and he was also going to watch Kodi Burns at his basketball practice. He spent about an hour with me at the school. Coach Nall was checking up on me to see how I was doing and he asked me about the state championship game."
Herring says he is eager to put on the pads and get to Little Rock to compete for the state title. "We have got Prescott, a team from southwest Arkansas, in the finals," he notes. "We have been watching them on film this week. It looks like they have got a lot of athletes. All we know is what we see on film. They look pretty solid and have some guys who can run. I think it is important that we go down there to Little Rock and play really physical. I think teams have been underestimating our physicality all year."
The linebacker adds that having the chance to win a state title as a senior is special. "It is big, it's real big. The way our whole team has been playing all year, gelling to together, it has been special.
"We have stayed strong, we have played with focus. We have been playing for a very long time now. In the 5A playoffs we go five weeks after the regular season. We have been playing almost 16 weeks."