SoCal Nike Camp Review: Thomas Herring

When it comes to passing the eyeball test, few players can match up with Los Angeles (Calif.) Fremont's Thomas Herring. At a mammoth 6-6, 290 pounds, Herring still clocked a 5.06 in the 40 and was dominant in the one on one drills at the SoCal Nike Camp.

As good as Herring is right now, the scary part is he hasn't even come close to reaching his huge potential. The athlete's first love was basketball and he's still relatively new to football. We saw Herring play in person a year ago when his team took on city rival Crenshaw and the athlete immediately catches your eye by just how big and agile he is.

Offensively, Herring plays tight end and scored on a 60 yard screen pass where he caught the ball over the middle and then outran the entire secondary. He also played defensive end but his future could be on the offensive line.

"I definitely think his best college position is as a left tackle on the offensive line," Fremont head coach Pete Duffy said. "He's so big and athletic and with those long arms, it's tough to imagine him not making it all the way to the league with how talented he is.

"Last year we had Mark Bradford and he was getting recruited by everyone but I don't think it will be near as big as Thomas. Thomas is one of those kids I can see getting offers from every school in the country including the Florida schools. He's that gifted."

Herring worked out with the defensive lineman at the Nike Camp and had a solid day. Due to basketball, Herring is a relative stranger to the weight room and did just 12 reps on the bench but he has great raw power and strength and was still throwing opposing linemen around like rag dolls.

"I've never lifted weights before, ever," Herring said. "I know once I'll do, I'll get a lot stronger but I just never had time to get in there. At the next level, I know I'll need to focus a lot on hitting the weights and getting a lot stronger because everyone will be just as big as me in college."

Herring said he's currently looking at several schools including USC, Notre Dame, Miami, Florida, Oklahoma, UCLA, Tennessee, Michigan and Texas.

"Miami is probably my dream school but I like USC a lot too," Herring said. "I've been to a lot of practices and I went to their Junior Day. I'm comfortable there. I'm going to go through the whole process though and won't be making a decision for awhile."


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