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LINEBACKER PROSPECT Julian Herron out of Arlington, Texas, is quiet and reserved off the field. And he's a defensive blur on it, regularly clocking in the 4.5 range in the 40 with a personal best at Tulsa's summer camp that was flat out ridiculous. The 6-0, 210-pounder has begun to schedule his official visits, with a future trip to the Palouse circled on the calendar.

Herron's visit to Pullman is slated for the weekend of Oct. 21, when Washington State plays host to Oregon.

Herron said he has some, not much, but some reticence about leaving the Texas area for college, but it's probably fair to say Cougars DeMaundray Woolridge , Greg Trent, Jason Stripling and Chris Ivory at one point did too. All four Texans played or are playing as true freshmen for the Cougs. Two of them, Woolridge and Trent, are starting as sophomores. It's likely Stripling would be seeing significant playing time were he not injured, and Ivory already had a long D-IA touchdown run to his credit six months removed from his senior prom.

Whether Herron has a similar experience on his visit to WSU as did the crimson quartet above remains to be seen -- everyone's different. Herron's comments are however similar to what the four told during their recruitment.

"I just want to feel comfortable with my surroundings and my environment," said Herron. "I'm trying to go to a college to get a good education."

Also possibly working in Washington State's favor, their official visit to commit ratio.

Out of 37 prospects hosted for official visits in 2005, 21 signed with the Cougars not including grayshirts. The year before was even more impressive -- Of the 34 official visits in 2004, Washington State signed 20. Those are virtually unheard of success rates.

ALONG WITH WASHINGTON STATE, Herron holds offers from Baylor, UTEP, Tulsa and SMU, with TCU and Arizona State appearing to be on the verge of offering.

Herron has an official visit set up for TCU the week after Washington State, and is in the process of finalizing details on two more official visits, to SMU and UTEP. Both of those trips may also wind up falling in the month of October.

THIS SEASON IS Herron's first playing linebacker, having earned second team all-district honors as a defensive end as a junior. Season defensive stats were unavailable and Herron isn't the kind of guy to sing his own praises, but he did allow that his season was going well.

"I've been doing my job on the field, I guess," he said.

Having his kind of speed helps. Herron clocked a 4.33 in the 40 at Tulsa's summer youth camp in July.

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