Junior to watch: ATH Lamar Herron

Lamar Herron is a super talented athlete out of Natomas High School who packs quite a punch from his strong safety spot. Having recently received an official offer from Coach Pete Carroll and staff, he discusses his favorites and specifically where the Trojans stand.

Somewhat of an unknown up until now, don't be surprised if you hear a lot more of Herron's name in the coming months. Playing in Sacramento for Natomas High School, Herron doesn't get big time exposure, but his play last season screamed for attention. At 6'1 and 195 pounds, he's an extremely physical player with the athleticism and big play ability to star at just about any position, "Last year I had 1,225 all-purpose yards," explained Herron. "That was playing receiver and running back. Defensively, I had 60 tackles, like 10 of them for loss of yardage. I also had 3 picks. At strong safety they had me blitzing a lot. I like coming up and making hits more than I like picking off the ball because I like to give rather than to receive." Herron, who has a max of 315 pounds on bench and 445 pounds on squat, will also be playing some quarterback next season where he'll get a chance to run the option in the wing-t.

College coaches have taken notice of Herron and he got his fair share of nightly calls in May, "Oklahoma, Michigan, Washington, Washington State, basically all of the Pac-10 schools and the Big 12 called," he said. The evaluation period also brought Herron three offers, including one from USC, "SC, Oregon State, and Sac State have offered," explained Herron. "USC offered about a month ago now. They did it early. First I talked to Pete Carroll over the phone and he told me, and then they sent me the papers. When I talked to them on the phone, they said that they're excited for me to come to SC, that they want me to come there, and that they want me to play strong safety and running back."

"I like SC, Washington State, Michigan, and Texas A&M. SC is my leader right now," Herron said. Hoping to major in Computer Technology in College, academics will play a significant role in his decision, "The most important thing is to pick the school that's going to have the classes that I want to major in. And second, I don't like playing on turf. I only like playing on grass." Herron also noted that he'd like to play as soon as possible in college, and in discussing the different schools that he has interest in, weather emerged as a possible factor, "I really don't know too much about the different schools right now," he said. "I haven't been there or anything. But Michigan, I like their academics and their field, but I just don't like their weather. At Oklahoma and Michigan, the weather is pretty bad. They have tornados and things like that. At SC it barely rains, it's mostly always sunny, and the weather is just perfect down there. It's just perfect for football atmosphere. And they play on grass. That's another thing."

A participant at the one-day camp at USC in the spring, Herron came away from the event with positive feelings, "I like the coaching staff. They coach like they're still playing. They coach as if they're one of the kids. I went down there for Junior Day and I went down there to their camp. It was great. I never experienced that type of a coaching staff before, so it was a good experience to learn something new."

Herron has been slowed lately because of a pulled hamstring, injured originally during track. The injury kept him from taking part in any of the drills at the Stanford Nike Camp and could possibly prevent him from making it to a planned trip to USC for the four-day camp later in June, but not if he can help it, as he explained, "If my hamstring allows it, I'm going to be there."

In no hurry to end the recruiting process, Herron has a rough idea of some schools he'd like to officially visit later on, "I'm not going to commit early," he said. "It's going to be around the time of signing day. I want to take my trips. I want to visit Michigan, Oklahoma, Washington State, Texas A&M, and Georgia. I don't think I'm going to take a visit down to USC because I already know what's down there"

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