Derrick, who goes by "Cierre" by his family and friends, has been a four year starter in varsity football.
"I started at QB my 9th grade year at Broadstreet. I played RB and QB my 10th grade year over there. When I transferred to Cleveland, they put me at QB last year. This is my first year to play any defense (CB). I go both ways (QB/CB)."
Which position does Herman see himself playing on the next level?
"Everybody is telling me corner. I got adjusted and feel comfortable over there. I am strong enough right now. I just need to keep working at it and I will be dominant."
Derrick's junior and senior seasons saw him total over 2, 000 yards of offense. He rushed for 1, 181 yards on 120 carries this season.
"We got beat by Itawamba last Friday in the playoffs. My high school career is over. It is kind of sad. I was named to the MS/AL All-Star game, so I guess I have one more game left."
came away impressed with Itawamba's QB, Bret Jefcoat.
"He was good. He would take that thing in the hole. I shook hands with him after the game and told him I will see him at the MS/AL game, put something on them."
Which colleges is Derrick hearing from?
"Ole Miss, La Tech, Delta State, Mississippi State, Auburn, and USM. Southern sends me something every day."
Any phone calls?
"Ole Miss talks to me a lot. They check up on me a
lot. I call their coaches too."
Herman received some big news this afternoon.
"Ole Miss called and offered me this morning. They told me they want me to sit down with my mother to talk about things, and I am going up there on Saturday to see them play LSU. We are going to meet eye to eye and have a little talk."
A phone call interrupts our call and Derrick clicks back to share the news.
"That was Ole Miss. I just committed to Coach Hughes. Yes sir, I am a Rebel now. I am in there. They just got me. I am a part of their family now."
Why did he go ahead and commit?
"I sat down with my mother this afternoon. I was thinking about it hard already. When Coach Hughes called, I handed the phone over to my mother and she asked him a lot of questions. She was happy with his answers. My dad also lives in Pontotoc, and we have not had a chance to be around each other very much while I have been growing up. This is going to give me a chance to be 15 minutes away from him. Plus my mother only lives an hour away, so I will have a network of people who can come watch me play."
Herman also had a chance to take in three prior Ole Miss games, which left an impression.
"The Florida game was alive. I was on the sideline 10 feet away from all of the SEC players. I had never been that close before. I took some notes. But what I like about Ole Miss is that everyone is so friendly around there. Even if they do not know your name, they are always trying to help you out. That left a big impression with me. I can not wait to show my father what it is all about this weekend. We have never been up there together before."
Derrick was named MVP for Cleveland High as a junior and also won Offensive Player of the Year for Cleveland's basketball team. He also won Most Improved in track and ran a 4.42 at the Ole Miss senior camp this past summer.
Herman carreis a 3.0 Core GPA / 17 ACT
Herman marks Ole Miss' 21st commitment. To view the list, click here.