Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 40 – DE Frank Herron
So begins two different runs this week on TSD's unveiling of our players ranked 36-40 in our top 50 Tigers for 2013 – one on true freshmen and the other on defensive linemen. Frank Herron is the first of four defensive linemen to come off the board this week, three of whom are signees in LSU's Class of 2013. Herron, a 6-5, 245-pound defensive end, is near the top of the list of instant impact candidates for the Tigers this fall.
The Memphis native has a great frame and gives LSU a formidable run stopper, something the Tigers need in 2013 in lieu of losing their top three ends from a season ago. Of course Herron will have competition from fellow freshmen Tashawn Bower, Lewis Neal and M.J. Patterson. Time will tell this August if Herron rises to the top, but he certainly carries a lot of promise into Fall Camp.
By The Numbers
Herron's highest ranking: 30th
Herron's lowest ranking: 44th
Why this ranking is too high
Of the seven defensive linemen entering the program this fall, it's possible Herron is the most raw. He has great size and considerable athleticism, but Herron still has a way to go to develop into a dominant every-down player with sound technique. Considering the learning curve ahead of Herron, there's no real way to know in advance how ready he'll be to play right away. So, while Brick Haley works with Herron to tap into his potential, there is some uncertainty as to his value in year one.
Why this ranking is too low
When the words promise and potential are thrown out a lot regarding a player, there's usually a reason. It usually means the player possesses unusual size, strength or athleticism. In Herron's case it appears that he may have all three. There is no limit to how good Herron can be in an LSU uniform, and, with the depth concerns at defensive end, opportunity exists for him to be a real asset to the defensive line as a freshman.
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No. 40 - Frank Herron
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