THOMAS HERRING, DE/OT, 6'6, 295, 4.8, LOS ANGELES (FREEMONT HS), CALIFORNIA:
Herring is part of the new breed of big men that is playing football today in that he weighs close to 300 pounds, but has been clocked in the 4.7 forty range.
"I consistently run 4.8, but once I was timed in the 4.7's," said Herring. "I have always been pretty fast, and when I went to the USC camp they said if I worked on my technique that I could knock two-tenths off my forty times."
Herring will be a three-year starter who finished with at least nine sacks, but says Freemont doesn't worry much about stats. Herring can bench 325 pounds, squats 500 and he has a 26-inch vertical jump. Herring also starts in hoops where he averages 16 points and 10 rebounds a contest.
A man this size is going to draw some attention from coast-to-coast and already he has received offers from all in the Pac 10 except for Stanford and Washington, plus the likes Miami, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU and Nebraska.
"My football number is seven so I would like to say that I have a top seven," said Herring. "I would say that Miami, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida State and UCLA make up my super seven."
Oklahoma has been solid on Herring's list for some time and he says he does have his eye on the Sooners.
"I really like their defense. Fom watching them for several years their defense is one of the very best in the country," said Herring. "Their defensive coaches are some of the best in the country and they always have one of the best defenses in the country. I have talked to Coach (Chuck) Long and he seems to be a very nice guy and I enjoy talking to him."
Herring says he would have no trouble leaving California if he feels the best school for him is outside the West Coast.
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