Herron Glad To Be A Buckeye

The Ohio State coaches are hoping things go more smoothly this time.

The last time Ohio State dipped into the Youngstown area for a top-notch tailback, the Buckeyes came out with a national championship but also with a major headache.

They are likely hoping things go smoother this time around.

The Buckeyes secured a verbal commitment from Youngstown's Warren Harding High School last week when three-star tailback Daniel Herron announced that he would become a Buckeye.

The last tailback to come out of Warren Harding? Maurice Clarett.

"People are probably going to compare us because we came from the same school and we're going to the same college," Herron told BuckeyeSports.com. "My coach told people that I'm the second-best running back he's ever had and Maurice is number one, so that tells you right there."

A quick glance at Herron's numbers illustrate what Herron's coach said. As a junior, he rushed for 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns while averaging 7.8 yards a carry. After earning all-district, all-county and honorable mention all-state honors following the season, Herron was courted by a host of Big Ten schools as well as Notre Dame.

Herron narrowed down his list of schools to Ohio State and Michigan but canceled a planned trip up north July 10, instead informing the OSU coaching staff of his decision.

The reception was a warm one, he said.

"The way we did it, I had to call my coach and then my coach called him," Herron said. "Coach Jim Tressel, you're not allowed to call. He texted me and said he was happy and congratulated me and told me to keep working hard.

"I kind of knew a few days before. I just waited until that day to commit. I was going to commit (the) Friday (before), but my parents weren't with me so I wanted to have my parents there when I did that."

In the end, Herron chose the Buckeyes over the Wolverines because it "felt comfortable and it's where I thought I should be," he said. The coaches have not yet discussed where they see Herron fitting in on the depth chart upon his arrival in Columbus, but the tailback said he was impressed with Tressel's dedication to his players off the field as well as on it.

"He's a lot different," Herron said. "Most coaches want you for football but coach Tressel, he actually cares about you off the field as being a great person. He doesn't just care about you on the field, he wants you to be a great person. He's just a great guy."

Much like freshman tailback Chris Wells, who goes by the nickname "Beanie," Herron has a moniker as well. The 5-foot-10, 190 pound running back goes by the handle "Boom," a name given to him early during his football career.

"It's a long story, but I can make it short," he said. "When I was in Little League football I used to run people over all the time and I guess that's how I got my name. Ever since then, everybody's been calling me that.

In addition to being the fifth member of the OSU recruiting class of 2007, Herron also became the second tailback to become a Buckeye. Herron joins Piqua (Ohio)'s Brandon Saine as the ballcarriers in this season's class.

To Herron's knowledge, the Buckeyes are no longer players in the running back market.

"I think I am the last one, but I'm not for sure," Herron said. "They've got quite a few of us. If they are recruiting another back I'd be surprised."

Regardless of playing time, the decision to become a Buckeye was one that pleased one of the most important people in a young man's life: his mother.

"My mom, that's always where she wanted me to go so she was very happy," he said.

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