Junior Quarterback Hears from UCLA

He's 6-2, 175-pound <b>Michael Herrick</b> from Valencia (Calif.) High, who had one of the most prolific junior seasons of any quarterback in the country, throwing for 4,060 yards and 33 touchdowns...

One of the top junior quarterbacks in the west comes from the Santa Clarita area, but surprisingly, it isn't a Hart product.

Valencia (Calif.) quarterback Michael Herrick (6-2, 175) had a monster junior campaign for the Vikings, leading them to a CIF Division II runner-up finish behind Mission Viejo.

On the season, Herrick threw for 4,069 yards on 289-for-457 passing and 33 touchdowns. He also ran for six touchdowns, and ended the year being named to the California All-State Underclass Team, as well as to the All-American Underclass squad.

After a productive junior year, Herrick is beginning to get recruiting interesdt from several schools nationally. He said, "It's been real spread out who I've heard from. Today, I got some stuff from Oregon, Tennessee and Washington State, and I hear regularly from UCLA, Notre Dame, Virginia and Arkansas. Washington also has been sending me some stuff, and Coach Willingham came by my school."

So what about his interest in UCLA? "I never really picked from UCLA or USC growing up, but I've spent a lot of time at UCLA games this past year and I have some friends that go there, and it's a school I've really looked at lately," said Herrick, who also attended the Bruins' spring scrimmage in 2004.

One of those friends who attended UCLA is a former Viking running back. "I talk to Manuel White all the time. He talks about UCLA quite a bit," said Herrick.

Since it's very early in the process, Herrick said he has no real favorite, and is using this time to gather all the information on the schools he is hearing from. His main focus is on getting bigger and preparing for a shot at the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp.

"I went to the Nike Camp at Stanford last year, and I'm going to it again this year, but I'd like to get to the Elite 11 Camp. I tried out for a ballboy slot last year, but didn't get it," Herrick said.

Herrick doesn't have an offer yet, and said he probably wouldn't rush a decision. "I'll wait and see what my options are and just see my way through this," Herrick said.

Herrick sports a 3.8 GPA and is taking his SAT this spring.

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