Charron Elliott | Analyzed Sports
One On One With Stephen Herron Jr.
This Saturday the Michigan Wolverines landed a verbal commitment from Trinity High School’s Stephen Herron Jr a junior defensive end/ linebacker. Herron finished the 2016 season with 55 tackles, including 34 solos, and 16 tackles for a loss. He also tallied 12 sacks and was named to the All-State First Team and Selection, as well as the All- Area First Team and Selection.
Coming into his junior season, Stephen Herron ranks as a top 40 football player in the 2019 class and is in the top five nationally at his position and number one in the state of Kentucky. On Sunday, Herron and I talked about his recent commitment to the Wolverines, as well as his past achievements and future goals.
CE: How was your last visit at Michigan and what ultimately led to you committing to the Wolverines?
SH: “I have been up there three times and I loved the spring game in April. The coaches knew I was a four star recruit then, but kept telling me I would be a five star soon. I also love how Michigan seems to have that family type of atmosphere and that means a lot to me.”
CE: What is do you think your possible role will be in Michigan when you head there in 2019?
SH: “I see myself playing the role that Taco Charlton (former Michigan defensive end and current Dallas Cowboys rookie) played. We are both tall and quick and have great advantages when rushing the quarterback.”
CE: What was your biggest adjustment from playing football at New Albany to Trinity?
SH: “Learning to trust my teammates more was the biggest adjustment I have had to make here at Trinity. At New Albany I was pretty much everywhere on the field and was second in tackles on the team playing on the defensive line. At Trinity if you aren’t where you are supposed to be on defense the coaches will let you and your teammates have an earful so it’s definitely been adjustment on my end.”
CE: Who or what inspired you to play football?
“I would definitely say my dad inspired me, when I was three my parents had taken pictures of me with a basketball and then he found me a football to play with as well, which I liked because it was different. He’s been my coach all the way up to eighth grade so he has really been a huge factor in my decision to continue to play the game.”
CE: Do you have a certain pregame ritual that you feel like you need to do before each game?
SH: “I always have to take a 30-40 min. nap before my games because I love to envision and dream about myself out there on the field in different situations that may occur during the game.”
CE: What do you feel are your biggest advantages over the offensive line?
SH: “Well my length and quickness are great but I feel like my hand speed is something my coaches have helped me with at Trinity because if your hands are faster than the O lines that’s a huge disadvantage to them.”
CE: What are your individual goals coming into this season?
SH: “This year I am playing off the edge so I have a lot of goals, first I want to get 100 tackles from the outside linebacker position. I am also looking to get four interceptions and run at least one back for a touchdown. Lastly, I plan to force five to six fumbles and record around 18 sacks.”
Although 100 tackles are a lot, Stephen Herron registered 75 as a true freshman for New Albany during the 2015 season, so it is an attainable goal. The Shamrocks will open up the 2017 season against Carmel (Indiana) on August 18 at home, as Herron will look to start his journey to 100 tackles.