Frank Herron is a 6-foot-4, 236-pound defensive end out of Memphis, Tennessee. While his hometown teams were never in the running for his services, Texas hosted the four-star recruit on a last-minute visit only days before National Signing Day arrives on Feb. 6.
All reports confirm that Herron thoroughly enjoyed his time in Austin. Obviously, it was coach Mack Brown and his staff’s final opportunity to woo the prep star.
But after weighing all of his options, Herron has decided to accept a scholarship to the Bayou.
“Memphis-Central defensive coordinator Brian Williams said DE Frank Herron will honor his commitment and sign with LSU on Wednesday,” Will Weathers of TigerBait.com tweeted.
Herron ranks as the No. 26 defensive end in the nation, the 6th-ranked player at any position in the state of Tennessee and the No. 86-overall player at any position in any state.
Coach Les Miles’ ability to turn a soft recruitment into a full-on commitment is big for his program. The team loses both of its starting defensive ends to the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft, and presumably the first round at that. Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo were both uber-talented and their departure had left the cupboard relatively empty at the position.
The Longhorns could have used Herron’s immediate services as well. Brown’s squad loses arguably the team’s best defensive player, Alex Okafor, to the NFL Draft.