Game Day Visit

Josh Herron was one of several visitors to watch WVU's destruction of Marshall on the opening weekend of the college football season, and he provided with an inside look at a typical game day visit.

"It was pretty amazing -- one of the best things I have ever seen," said Herron of his trip to West Virginia. "We got there around 12:30 and got a tour. We got to see everything on the football complex, and the facilities there were really nice. We got to eat with some of the players and coaches and other recruits that were there, and then we went into a team meeting room to watch the highlight films. Then the coaches came in and met and talked with us.

"After that, they let us on the field, and that was great. We watched pregame, and saw everyone warming up and getting ready to play the game. Then we went back inside in the locker room with the team, and followed them out when they were introduced. That was just crazy. Then we walked down through the tunnel and up to our seats. They were right there by the field, so it was a good place to watch the game."

Herron, who has counted West Virginia as one of his favorites for a long while, is a 5-10, 195-pound safety and wide receiver from Lemon-Monroe High School in Monroe, Oh. Located about one-half hour from Cincinnati, Herron has tracked WVU for a good while.

"We wear the same colors, so that's one reason I like them," he noted with a laugh. "We run the same offense, too, so that's another thing we have in common. But the Big Ten is a good conference too, and Iowa and Purdue are Big Ten schools," he said of two other BCS-conference institutions that are recruiting him.

Following the game, Herron had the chance to talk to his recruiting coach, Bruce Tall, as well as Butch Jones, who could end up being his position coach.

"Coach Tall said he really liked my tapes, and that they are very interested in me. They want to see three or four games of my senior season before they make the decision on an offer, but I think they are very interested in me. They are looking at me as both a slot receiver and a cornerback."

As a two-way prospect, Herron gets more interest than a player slotted at a single position. While he immediately lit up at the thought of getting the ball in college, he also had some thoughts of what a spot on the defensive side could do.

"I like to score touchdowns, but, you know, defense wins championships," he said with a laugh "Whatever will get me the on the field, I will do. I just want to play. West Virginia is recruiting me as more of an athlete. I can return punts and kicks, and I can play safety, cornerback, wide receiver or running back.

Herron is also interested in Iowa, Indiana, Purdue and Maryland, and could schedule visits to those schools in the near future. Like WVU, the Boilermakers, Terrapins and Hawkeyes want to see more of Herron's senior season before making the call on an offer. Herron does already possess scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Indiana and a number of MAC schools.


Lemon-Monroe began the season with wins in its first two games, averaging 47.5 points per game.

"Our coaches pulled our starters early last week – I just played one drive in the second half," Herron noted. "I have about 22 touches so far, and one touchdown."

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To date, Herron has not scheduled any official visits, and likely will not do so until he sees how the offer situation shakes out.

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