The 6-1 1/2, 220-pounder from state champion Shiloh Christian told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Sunday night that he will sign with Auburn on Feb. 7th. He is Auburn's 22nd public verbal commitment.
"I am going to Auburn," Herring says. "It is a done deal. I have always liked Auburn. I was born there and it has always been a dream of mine to play there.
"It is just a great opportunity for me to go there with a great group of guys and a great group of coaches and play football, which is what I love to do. That is what I am looking forward to."
Herring, whose father Reggie coached at Auburn, says he made the decision early in the recruiting process it would be best not to play for the hometown Arkansas Razorbacks because it could be an awkward situation with his dad being the defensive coordinator.
The linebacker notes that Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall, who recruits the state of Arkansas for the Tigers, has been a regular at his school. Herring is the third prospect from the state of Arkansas to commit to the Tigers joining quarterback Kodi Burns from Fort Smith Northside High and Rogers High offensive tackle Lee Ziemba.
Herring says he has talked to Ziemba and another Auburn verbal commitment, tight end Bailey Woods from Marietta, Ga.
Herring was his team's leading tackler with six tackles and a quarterback sack in a dominating 48-6 victory in the 3A state championship game.
"It was really special to get on that stage and it was really emotional for me being my last game in high school," says Herring, who finished with 101 tackles as a senior even though he missed large parts of games when his undefeated team built large leads.
Herring says all systems are go on the the academic front. "It's good, I am already qualified," he says.
The linebacker says he is doing speed training workouts at his continuing to work on his strength. "My goal is to come in to Auburn this summer at 225 and in great shape.
"I love the history and tradition of Auburn football," he adds. "When I went on my official visit everybody was really warm and welcoming. I really am excited about going to Auburn."