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Frank Herron profile "I am ready to get this done, so I can focus on my academics and my team," said Herron. "I am going to make my commitment to a college, but I am still committed to my high school team. "I want to get my decision behind me, so I can keep my mind on what I need to be focused on." Herron reports that the recruiting process has had its' share of ups and downs. "It can be the best time of your life, but at the same time it can be the worst," said the Scout National 300 member. "It is a lot of fun because you get to travel and all of that. "You get to meet a lot of people and go a lot of places. "The bad part is that it gets stressful. Everybody acts like they want you and it's hard to decide. "People forget that I'm just a kid and that this is a big decision for me. It's my first time doing something like this." Over twenty schools have extended scholarship offers, but Herron has trimmed his list to five finalists. "I am going to pick from Mississippi State, Clemson, Memphis, LSU and Tennessee," said the talented defensive end. "I had the chance to visit all of those schools except for Clemson. "Coach (Marion) Hobby has been after me to come up there and take a visit, but I haven't been able to get up there." Several coaches have made a very positive impression on Herron. He admits it will be hard letting some of those men know that he will not be joining them once his time at Central High is done. "I have a real good relationship with Coach (Chris) Wilson and Coach (Angelo) Mirando at Mississippi State," said Herron. "I like Coach (Les) Miles, Coach (John) Chavis and Coach Brick (Haley) from LSU too. "I have a good relationship with Coach Hobby at Clemson, Coach (Justin) Fuente at Memphis and Coach (John) Palermo at Tennessee. "I can't pick but one school, so I have to tell the rest of them no. That's probably the hardest part of it all." The programs pursuing Herron will not have to wait much longer for his decision. "We have the Nike camp coming to Memphis this Friday," said Herron. "I am going to announce my decision once that's over and then I'll probably put it on twitter and all of that. "I am just looking for the place I can play early and that I can get my education. "I want to go somewhere that I have a good chance to win and get to the NFL too." Coach Williams of Memphis Central has served as the program's defensive coordinator through Herron's high school career. Williams believes that the sky is the limit for the 6-5, 245 pounder. "I believe Frank has a real bright future," said Williams. "I think he's a guy that can go in early and play because he has such a high motor. "I have seen this kid do things on a basketball court and on a football field that guys his size shouldn't be able to do. "He's been a great worker for us and whoever gets him is going to get a guy who is going to come in ready to work hard and make a contribution. "He takes coaching well. I guess that's probably the best thing I can say about him. He's real coachable." Herron reports that he is eager to get his recruitment settled, so that he can turn his attention towards his final prep campaign. "I want to try to win a state championship this year," said Herron. "I could tell from our first practice that we had a team that really wanted to work. "I played basketball, so I missed the spring game. I am ready to get back out there and be with my team." Just about every time Herron takes to the playing field, his mother, Mahalia Hawkins is on hand to cheer her son on. "I am just so proud of him," said Hawkins. "I never thought all of these schools would know about him and want him to come and play with them. "I just want him to be happy with where he goes. We're going to let him make his own decision. He knows that I am going to support him no matter what he does." With his coach's endorsement and his mother's support, Herron is ready to reveal his choice. "I am looking forward to making my decision," said Herron. "I feel like some people might be a little surprised with my decision. "I know it's the right place for me, so I don't really worry about what everybody else has to say about it. "Once I get this done, I can get back to being a kid again and enjoy my senior year."
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