Don't Forget Warren Harding

The Warren Harding football program is one of two in Ohio that has been good to U-M recently (the other being Cincinnati Colerain). GBW correspondent Josh Turel follows the Harding program closely. <br> <br> Will Harding send another player to U-M this year, to follow Prescott Burgess and Mario Manningham? Fair chance. And, if U-M doesn't sign a top RB in this '06 class, don't dispair. Harding has a top soph back – perhaps the top soph in the state. And he's got Michigan bloodlines. <br>

By: Josh Turel (Ed. Note: Warren Harding DL Tony Reed (6-3, 275 lbs., 4.80 in the 40) is a rising senior who has strong interest in U-M and is Jim S' #10 defensive lineman. GoBlueWolverine correspondent Josh Turel has been in contact with Reed, who hasn't been ready to go public with his college favorites, etc. at this time. However, U-M fans should not forget about Tony. Josh has also been itching to present a scouting report on a Harding sophomore, perhaps the top soph in the state of Ohio. Here it is.)

Daniel Herron
Running Back/Linebacker
5'11, 178 lbs., 275 lbs. bench press
Sophomore
Season Stats:
147 carries for 757 yards & 10 TDs (5.1 yards a carry)
14 catches for 180 yards & 3 TDs (12.8 yards per catch)

Scouting report:
The thing that stands out immediately about Daniel "Boom" Herron is his fearless attitude and drive to gain every inch possible. He's one of those backs that hits the hole 100% and will not go down on first contact. After reviewing Herron's tape, many times teams thought Herron's forward progress was stopped only for him to churn his feet and drag defenders for a few more yards. The kid will literally crawl for every inch he can get and that's special for a back to have that mentality. He has outstanding hands, and he isn't afraid to catch away from his frame as well, which is a very mature sign for a young player. Herron also possesses outstanding vision: he finds running lanes well, can sniff out cut back lanes nicely and works the field like a chess board. While his 5.1 yards per carry won't knock anyone off their chair (though still impressive), it's interesting to note his team played the 7th toughest schedule in the nation. On the athletic side, Herron has extremely quick feet and shows a shake to his game that kind of resembles Mike Hart. He has decent speed, about a 4.5-4.6 level but he does his real work between the tackles and he's only a sophomore so the sky is the limit for him at tailback. He's got the frame to be a very good power back with athletic ability as well. He comes from a tall family and could end up being around 6'1 or 6'2. On the defensive side of the ball the same traits apply. Excellent vision as a defender, pursues the ball real well. Can shoot the gap on blitzes nicely and is a very explosive player. Strong tackler, wraps up nicely and tackles extremely well in open space. Again the same fearless attitude applies, he will throw his body into anyone and truly loves hitting. Reminds me of a Chris Perry type back.

Overall:
I think there's no question Dan is a star in the making. Even some in Ohio feel he may be the best overall player next year in Ohio, I would put him 2nd or 3rd behind Wells but in my mind there's no question he's the state's top sophomore. He will also be a top 50 player nationally when he is a senior in my opinion. So will he be a linebacker or tailback? We will have to see; my guess is if he ends up around 6'1 and still has a breakaway gear he will be recruited as a tailback because the kid is just a natural there. If he outgrows the running back position, then he will be looked at as more of a linebacker; at any rate it should be an interesting recruitment. There's Sparty bloodlines for him: his brother David plays linebacker for MSU but will be a Senior when Daniel enters college. Will he follow his brother to play with him for a year? He is also Prescott Burgess's cousin, but Burgess will be gone by time he graduates. Those aren't the only teams that will be involved however; I suspect Herron will begin catching national attention next season as a junior and should have interest from a lot of big schools. His early favorites are Michigan, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Pittsburgh. Herron is one of the many talented youngsters that caught my eye on trips and tapes from Warren and here are some names that should certainly be ones to remember in the future including: (all sophomores)

DE Marlin Parker- 6'1, 215 lbs- 315 bench
DL: Ian Vasil- 210 lbs- 300 bench
LB Sidney Glover (another up and coming star here)- 5'11, 188 lbs- 300 bench- 354 squat- 207 clean
LB David Harsch- 5'10, 205 pounds- 272 bench- 322 squat
WR/DB Chris Rucker- 6'1, 171 lbs- 218 bench- 325 squat
WR/DB Trevis Owens- 6'2, 160 lbs


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