Shiloh Christian High coach Josh Floyd only got to work with Herring one season, but tells Inside the Auburn Tigers he likes what he saw from the 6-2, 218-pounder who helped his team finish 15-0 as Class 3A state champions.
"He was at Fayetteville High School as a junior and at the time (when he transferred) his parents really thought the academics would be better here," the coach says. "We have some kids who transfer here for the smaller classrooms."
Floyd says he didn't get to see the son of Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring practice or play until several months before the start of the 2006 season. "We went to a team summer camp back in June," Floyd notes. "That was the first time we ever got to see him. You could tell he was a physical player and that's what we liked.
"He brings a different attitude to our defense," the coach says. "He's very intense and that's the kind of guy you want at linebacker. He does a great job of being intense and he's a real fiery kid so he can get his teammates fired up. At the same time he's a smart kid and keeps things under control out there."
Herring made more than 100 tackles as a senior.
As is the case with most high school players, he will have to adjust to the speed the game is played at in college, particularly at the SEC level, Floyd notes.
"It's just so much different from what you have in high school," he says. "The thing about Adam is that his work ethic is extremely good. He's been working his tail off since the season was over. He's still in the weight room all the time and doing speed training. That's just the kind of kid he is."
Herring plans to report to Auburn this summer along with Auburn's two other signees from Arkansas, quarterback Kodi Burns from Northside High in Fort Smith, Ark., and offensive tackle Lee Ziemba from Rogers High School.