Darreon Herring talks visits

Darreon Herring committed to Vanderbilt University in May. He knew he'd be a part of a special team at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga. and wanted the recruiting process out of the way before his senior year. His Jaguars are right where they wanted to be at 9-0 and ranked No. 4 in Georgia's Class AAAAA. Herring talks about his time in Nashville and the possibility of other trips..


"This week we're going against MLK in a big rivalry game," said Darreon Herring. "We're both undefeated, and the game will determine the Region. It's our last regular season game before the playoffs, but we got to make it count."

Last year was Herring's first year at Stephenson. He previously attended M.L. King so he'll play against many of his former teammates in Friday night's game. After being in the rotation last year, Herring is starting at outside linebacker in the Jaguar 4-3 defense this season. He started out on fire with 12 tackles in the season-opening win against Parkview.

"I'm reading the plays better and reacting quicker this year," Herring said. "I've been getting to the ball faster and making the tough plays."

Vanderbilt has seven commitments in this class from the vast Atlanta metro including three players from DeKalb County in Herring, Jacob Sealand and Josh Dawson. Herring has taken two unofficial visits to Commodore games where he's been able to interact with his future teammates.

"I was there for the Georgia game and last weekend for the Arkansas game," said Herring on his Nashville visits. "It was a tough loss (to Arkansas). They played real good and should have won. I had a real good time though.

"I've been talking to a few of the guys. When we were there for the Georgia games we spent the night, and I hung out with (Brian) Kimbrow, (Josh) Dawson, and (Jacob) Sealand. I'm planning on going back for the Kentucky game next week."

Herring has been committed to Vanderbilt for more than five months, but coaches haven't stopped pursing him to use one of his official visits on them. After careful consideration, Herring likely won't take any other than to Nashville in December.

"I was supposed to go to Wake Forest this weekend, but I don't believe I'm going to go," Herring said. "Coach (Lonnie) Galloway who recruited me at Wake Forest called my recruiting coach two days ago and asked about my situation. It was something I thought about, but I decided I'm not going."

Herring said his parents accompanied him to the Vanderbilt-Arkansas game and they "loved the atmosphere." He said they are also excited about the educational opportunities Vanderbilt presents. Herring will get started on that early and set to enroll in January 2012.

Herring is at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds this season. He'd like to gain at least five more pounds before he arrives on campus. Herring will likely run into a few familiar faces on Saturdays next fall. There are seven Stephenson players committed to play at SEC schools from this year's senior class. In total, this 2012 Jaguar class will likely have at least 15 Division 1 players sign scholarships for football.

The game for the Region 2-AAAAA championship with M.L. King is scheduled for Friday, November 4th. Stephenson will host the game at James R. Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. Keep an eye on No. 35 to deliver some big hits.

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