Massillon's Herring is One to Watch

K. J. Herring has shown flashes of brilliance in limited opportunities for Massillon, Ohio's Washington high school. Herring has been the backup running back to All-Ohio Brian Gamble the past two seasons. In 2007 Herring figures to be the primary ball carrier for the Tigers. Herring is also a state track qualifier and his speed is what separates him from most high school running backs.

Massillon Ohio junior running back K. J. Herring has patiently been waiting his turn to be the feature running back for the Tigers. With the graduation of Brian Gamble, an All-Ohio selection the past two seasons, it appears that Herring's time has arrived.

At 5-foot-10, 198 pounds, K. J. Herring might be the fastest running back in Ohio. He is a state qualifier in track and has run a 4.38 forty-yard time at Massillon's summer combine. This past season Herring rushed for 546 yards and scored 7 touchdowns, while averaging 7.5 yards per carry. He talked about the Tigers past season and also what he expects next year.

"This year we were pretty good," he began. "We had a lot of injuries and that really hurt us. I think the injuries kept us from reaching our potential. I think we'll be a lot better next year. We have a great coach in Tom Stacy and we have a lot of good players returning. We definitely will have a lot to prove."

Herring is a player that has added weight and strength since his sophomore year. He is continuing to work to being a better player.

"I'm working on improving my speed and my strength," he explained. "I'm working with both a speed coach and a strength coach. I'm also getting ready for track. I plan on running indoor track again this winter."

K. J. Herring is a player that understands what the Massillon tradition is all about. He is a player that it appears was born to play football for the Tigers.

"Playing at Massillon is a dream come true," said Herring. "My grandfather won two state titles and I have an uncle that won a state championship. My dad was a really good player at Massillon, too. Everybody knows that at Massillon you are expected to challenge for a state championship every year. We lost in the championship game my sophomore year. This year we lost in the second round, so our goal, as a team, is to win it all next year. That's what we're working towards right now."

Herring is already getting a lot of attention from college recruiters. He talked about who has been in contact with his coach.

" I like Ohio State," he continued. "I've been invited to games at Akron, Cincinnati and Wisconsin. We played a lot of Saturday games this year, so I wasn't able to get to any of those schools. I'm interested in anybody right now. I just want to see what's out there and who's interested in me."

K. J. Herring should get plenty of opportunities to show his talent next season at Massillon. It will be interesting to see what a player with his combination of size and speed can do with the majority of the carries.

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