Herchenbach is an underrated signal-caller

A school that has a diamond in the rough quarterback this year is Merced College. QB Reid Herchenbach (6-3, 200) is a playmaker who led his team in passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns in 2006, but he didn't take every snap because of the presence of two sophomores. This year the reigns are his and he's ready to show what he can do.

"I had a good year, but it was tough sharing time," Herchenbach told JCFootball.com. "I'm a drop-back, stay in the pocket guy who likes to get back, read the defense and deliver the ball, but I can get out and run and escape the pocket if and when I need to."

At the Northern California Combine, Herchenbach ran a 4.78 forty time, but recently he posted a 4.65 at a team workout.

"I'm not super-fast, but I'm definitely not slow," Herchenbach added with a laugh.

This summer Herchenbach is concentrating on his overall game, but he wants to get his timing down, more than anything.

"I'm really working hard on my timing with my receivers," Herchenbach said. "Every Saturday, I work out with coach Roger Theater and we work on my mechanics and footwork so I'm always working on improving and getting better."

On the recruiting front, Herchenbach said several schools have made preliminary contact.

"Nevada actually wanted me to walk on this year," Herchenbach, who was a full-qualifier out of Golden Valley high school, said. "Utah State was really close to offering me too, but they decided to go a different direction, but they're still recruiting me for this season too.

"LSU has been sending me things and because coach (Gary) Crowton is there, that's a school I'm very interested in. Oregon, Arizona State, Boise State and Utah are recruiting me and I'm interested in Wisconsin because I grew up back there."

Herchenbach is a thoughtful young man who will consider many factors before he makes a final decision on where he wants to go.

"I want to check out the coaching staff and see how well they do in getting the most out of their players," Herchenbach said. "I also want to see what system they run and how effective their quarterbacks are in that system."

Herchenbach will graduate in December and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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