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Trinity sophomore Stephen Herron has started the season strong for the Shamrocks; he made a visit to Louisville for the opener on Thursday

Trinity High School sophomore Stephen Herron is off to a big start for the 3-0 Shamrocks this season. The elite Class of 2019 prospect leads the Shamrocks in tackles and on Thursday night checked out Louisville in the opener against Charlotte.

It's been a good few months for Stephen Herron.

The Class of 2019 elite prospect from Trinity High School is a newcomer to the Shamrocks after transferring from New Albany, Ind., but he's leading the state's No. 1 team in tackles and sacks after three games.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end has also picked up five college offers.

"It's been a blast," Herron said. "This team has just taken me in and treated me like I have been here since I have been five years old. It's been so much fun to be with these guys. I just love being in this green."

Herron has offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and his latest was Ohio State. He said he's going to make some visits during the season to games but is not focusing on recruiting because "no offer is going to help us win state."

"It's all about the team here and that's really helped me a lot," Herron said. "I don't have a whole bunch of publicity on me and that's good. We have a lot of D-1 athletes here, so I'm not the only guy out there."

On Friday night, Herron and his teammates made a loud statement. The Shamrocks whipped Lexington Lafayette 45-7, holding Kentucky commitment Walker Wood to 65 yards passing and 22 yards rushing.

Herron had four tackles, including a sack of Wood when he was being blocked by 5-star '17 prospect Jedrick Wills.

Herron said he feels like he has become "more of a team player," in his short time at Trinity. He has 14.5 tackles, including six tackles for a loss and two sacks in the 3-0 start for the Shamrocks.

"These coaches are staying on me and I feel like I am getting better every day," Herron said. "Coach (Nathan) Leslie (the d-line coach) is working with me one thing at a time and trying to get me to my potential."

As far as the recruiting, Herron said the Ohio State offer was a "big surprise." He didn't camp with the Buckeyes this summer but noted he "really liked hearing the coaches (in Columbus) wanted me."

"It's great," he said. "But it happened on a team night so I went back the next day and didn't tell anyone until that night (when practice was over). Like I said, it's all about the team."

Herron also took a trip across town this week and checked out Louisville on Thursday night. The Cardinals were the first school to offer - after camp this summer - and blew out Charlotte 70-14.

"I've seen a lot of good things so far," Herron said. "I was highly impressed with Louisville."

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