Herndon Looking Hard At Five Schools
His birth name is Justin Herndon, but this seven-footer just goes by Boomer.
"Boomer, he had played football all of his life. Basically, he was five years old and was kicking a football around in the living and the coach wanted to give him a nickname," Boomer's father Gary said. "He picked his own and it stuck. He goes by Boomer now."
Boomer's play with the Tennessee Thunder at the AAU Nationals last month in Florida led to some serious offers from some heavy hitters. Gary Herndon says Penn State, Alabama, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest have made scholarship offers. Stanford wants him to fill out an application form and they'd likely offer as well, but Boomer hasn't decided on whether he'll consider the Cardinal.
He is the owner of the Tennessee high school state record with 15 blocks in a game. In a summer game, he once rejected 18. Thus, the reason why schools are lining up with offers.
Boomer is going to visit Penn State the weekend of Oct. 5 and the Nittany Lions will be in his home Sept. 10. He'll be at Alabama the weekend of Sept. 1 and he's in the process of setting up the remainder of his official and in-home visits.
All of this for a kid who just isn't used to this kind of attention. "[The summer] was fun. It was different," Boomer said. I played a lot of ball. My team didn't go to many of the big Nike or adidas sponsored tournaments."
One potential hitch in Boomer's official visit tour could be the start of school. Currently, they are adding another floor to his high school and the official date of when school begins has not been set. The NCAA says that a prospect must be in school for him to take official visits.
Meanwhile, he's going to take an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Academics will play a big part in his decision, as he wants to pursue a post-college career as a surgeon.