Frank Herron's taking his talents to LSU


MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Mom could barely talk.

It was an emotional scene at the conclusion of the Nike Football Training Camp on Friday when Frank Herron announced he was committed to LSU.

Surrounded by coaches, friends and family, the four-star defensive end from Memphis (Tenn.) East shared the news in what has become a familiar method made popular by NBA superstar LeBron James.

“Today, I will be taking my talents to LSU,” Herron said with a wide grin before donning an LSU cap and exclaiming, “I'm proud to be a Tiger.”

Herron then turned to his mother and delivered a more genuine line, which instantly brought tears.

“I want to thank my mom,” Herron said. “Thank my sister for helping...for just being there in my life and coming out and supporting me whatever I do.”

Herron's mother, Wanlisha Hawkins, could barely manage a sentence when asked how proud she was of her son. All she could muster was, “Too proud.”

Hawkins wasn't always so quiet when it came to her son's career. When Herron was a freshman, it was his mother who banned him from playing football since his grades weren't up to snuff. Herron rebounded and has become one of the top student-athletes in the Southeast. He cemented that standing when he was named the most valuable player among defensive linemen in Friday's event.

Through his recruitment, Herron didn't offer many clues as to where he would head to college other than offering a list of finalists last month. Yet there was one more subtle hint that foreshadowed Friday's announcement. It was obvious by talking to the 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect that he was incredibly impressed by the Tigers' interest in him this spring.

“It felt like home,” Herron said. “Family feeling. I feel like I could play there and grow there.”

Herron's recruitment to Baton Rouge was led by defensive coordinator John Chavis.

“That's a great guy. A great guy,” Herron said. “He motivates me.”

Enough to take his talents to the bayou.