It's become common knowledge among NC State recruiting fans that the Wolfpack is in dire need of linebackers for the class of 2007. The Pack has numerous targets on the board and appears to be in fine shape with several. But recently, a new name surfaced with some interesting connections to the Wolfpack of old.
Adam Herring, a 6-1, 205-pound ‘backer from Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark. may be better known by many as the son of a famous coach. His dad, Reggie, is the defensive coordinator for Arkansas after leaving NC State in 2004.
Herring served just one year as the defensive coordinator for NC State but the 2004 season ended up being one of the best ever for the Wolfpack defense. That season the Pack finished the year rated as the nation's leader in total defense, giving up just 221 yards per game.
Although the elder Herring may be a household name for many college football fans, his son has started to accumulate headlines of his own and that's been based on his impressive play for Shiloh as a senior.
While helping lead the Saints to a 9-0 regular season record and a number one ranking for class 3A in Arkansas, Herring registered a team-leading 72 tackles, three tackles for loss, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
Although Herring played most of the 2006 season under the recruiting radar, he has seen interest in his ability as a college LB increase significantly over the last several weeks.
Pack Pride caught up with him recently for the latest.
"Right now the main ones I'm hearing from is Auburn, Wake Forest, Clemson and NC State," he said. "Auburn's been talking to me about setting up an official visit and I've talked to coach Stroud (NC State defensive line coach) and he's saying he wants to get me to a game soon. NC State is the only one out of those to offer a scholarship."
One school conspicuously missing is Arkansas. Herring indicated that there is virtually no chance of him playing for the Razorbacks.
"We're not considering that at all," said Herring. "That would probably just mess up the whole father-son relationship so it's not something we're really considering. I feel like I want to go out and earn my own stripes and it would probably be better if I went on to make my own way."
Two teams that do seem to be in serious contention are Auburn and NC State. Herring talked about each.
"With Auburn, I love their campus. I was born there and they've got all that SEC tradition but I really love NC State, too. I really like what they've got going on at NC State. I love coach Stroud and coach Amato. I talk to them a lot and I know what they're about."
So what if Herring did end up at NC State? How would dad view that decision?
"He'd love it," said Herring. "He really wants me to go where I want to go. My dad loves and respects all the coaches there and he knows what they've got going on."
With being the son of a college coach also comes the knowledge of how stressful the recruiting process can be. Herring indicated that he wants no part of a long, drawn out process.
"I'm probably going to commit soon," said Herring. "I really don't want to play the recruiting game. I want to go ahead and make my decision and get excited about the school where I'm going to be playing."
Herring plans to major in Business or Sports Medicine.