LSU offer gets Herrons attention

Frank Herron is closing in on 20 offers, but the Memphis (Tenn.) Central junior defensive end admittedly got more excited about the one he received earlier this week than some of the others.
"LSU offered," Herron said. "That was a big offer. LSU is like Alabama. When they play, that's the closest thing you get to Sunday. Those are some great athletes. I was very excited. That's one of my choices of schools I'd like to see."
Assistant Frank Wilson is Herron's primary recruiter with the Tigers. The offer, however, came from defensive coordinator John Chavis.
"He said, 'You have an offer from LSU and you can do big things for us. You can help us a lot. You can help us play for a national championship when you get here,'" Herron said. "I've never been there. I'm trying to make it on the 17th for junior day but I don't know right now because I'm in the middle of the state championships for basketball."
With LSU, Herron sees opportunity.
"Looking at the roster, I've got a great chance of playing early," he said.
Even though he has been playing basketball, the 6-feet-5, 245-pound Herron has taken several visits in 2012.
"I've been to Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt," Herron said. "All of them stand out. It's a great opportunity to visit schools, and see what I was getting into academic wise and as a player."
Who is recruiting Herron the hardest?
"I'd say Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Arkansas and Vanderbilt," Herron said. "They always want me to come up, and they tell me about their campuses all the time."
According to Herron, Michigan could be next to offer.
"My coach talked to them, and they said they really like me as a player," Herron said.
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