Herron Talks About Verbal To Ohio State

Warren (Ohio) Harding running back Daniel "Boom" Herron ended the suspense on Monday by verbaling to Ohio State. Herron, one of Ohio's top 20 prospects, made a visit to campus last week. He discusses how that visit went, why he verbaled to OSU and also shares his thoughts on the competition at running back. Click this free link for more on Herron.

Daniel "Boom" Herron decided he had seen enough.

The Warren (Ohio) Harding running back committed to Ohio State on Monday, becoming the fifth member of OSU's recruiting class for 2007.

"I went down there last Thursday and everything was just cool," Herron said. "I felt real comfortable down there. That's where I wanted to be, so that's where I decided to be."

Herron (5-9 ½, 198, 4.52) spent time with OSU head coach Jim Tressel during his visit to campus.

"I was with Coach Tressel," Herron said. "(Running backs coach Dick) Tressel was out of town. He wasn't around, so it was just me and Coach Tressel."

Herron has taken notice of the running backs at Ohio State, including junior Antonio Pittman, sophomore Maurice Wells, freshman Chris Wells and fellow 2007 verbal Brandon Saine of Piqua, Ohio.

"They said I would be a running back," Herron said. "That's pretty much it. I am going there to compete. I know they've got a couple of backs. But they told me the best players are going to play. I love the competition."

Herron racked up early offers from schools like Minnesota, Michigan State, Illinois, Boston College, Akron and Cincinnati, before going on a torrid camp run which netted him major offers from Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State.

In the end, it was a traditional recruiting battle as he selected the Buckeyes over the Wolverines.

"I called them today to commit," he said.

As a junior, Herron rushed for 1,523 yards and 16 touchdowns on 207 carries (7.4 ypc) and added 216 yards and a touchdown on 22 catches. He was rated as Ohio's No. 20 prospect in the July edition of Ohio High magazine.

"I would just say I'm hard to tackle," Herron said. "It's hard to say what my style is.

"I'm a downhill runner--I'm hard to hit and hard to lay hands on. I want to work on everything, but mostly my blocking so that I'll be stronger at my position," he said.

Herron comes from Warren Harding, the same school that sent Maurice Clarett to Ohio State. Thom McDaniels coached Clarett and now coaches Herron. He talked about his latest OSU verbal.

"I wouldn't trade ‘Boom' for any running back in Ohio," McDaniels told Scout.com. "Boom is Danny Herron's nickname and that's exactly how he runs the football. When Danny runs the ball, you'd better be prepared to hit and be hit. Danny is tough, he has the acceleration, the vision and speed to be an outstanding running back at the next level.

"I think the thing that sticks out to me the most is that Dan Herron isn't a prima donna. Some kids are great on the field but not so great off the field because they read too many press clippings but Danny Herron is just the opposite. You won't find a more humble young man. He's been a joy to coach."

Warren Harding endured a rough 3-7 season last year. But with Herron toting the rock, he hopes they can get back in the playoff race this season.

"I think we're going to be pretty good this year," Herron said. "We were kind of young last year. But we've been working real hard. I think we're going to come back big time."

Herron bench presses 355 pounds, squats 550 and vertically jumps 37 inches. He holds a 3.2 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT.

Click the link below to go to Herron's Scout.com bio page, which includes video links (the video links are premium links).

Boom Herron Bio Page (with video links)

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