Former Avon High School offensive lineman DeAndre Herron‘s detour to Council Bluffs, Iowa has proved to be a positive experience.
The 6-6, 350-pound Herron was set to report to the University of Louisville when he found out the NCAA hadn’t cleared him academically to play. So Herron, who signed with Louisville in February 2012, enrolled at Iowa Western Community College.
Herron, who has a 3.29 grade point average and is scheduled to graduate in December, was a backup lineman at Iowa Western (12-0), which captured the National Junior College Athletic Association title. Herron didn’t start but got regular playing time at left guard. That gave him a lot of film to pass along to coaches.
Herron has offers from Louisville, Indiana, Arizona, Middle Tennessee and Georgia State.
“Louisville is a good school and stuck around with me through high school and the NCAA problems,” Herron said. “They were the first ones to offer me at junior college. So they’re still there (among my top choices).”
Herron said IU had a late offer when he was as Avon and then offered early the second time around. Herron will wait to see if he gets more offers during spring practice, which ends in late April, and then plans to make a decision around the end of May.
“I’ll play anywhere,” Herron said. “I’m 91/2hours away now. At first, it was hard but now it’s easy. My parents would like to see me play games in person but they understand it’s my education and where I want to go.”
Hawks’ McNeil big target
Decatur Central coach Justin Dixson said college coaches love 6-6, 260-pound junior offensive lineman Lukayus McNeil‘s potential.
“He’s a little bit light for a big-time college offensive lineman,” Dixson said. “But coaches love his length and athleticism. They figure if they can put a little weight on him, he can be a 290-pound lineman. They want guys that can move and are physical. The days of lumbering, non-athletic offensive linemen — if they were ever around — are gone. They want guys that can move and do multiple things.”
McNeil, who plays left tackle for the Hawks, has offers from Cincinnati and Louisville, and six Mid-American schools (Ball State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Ohio University, Toledo University and Western Michigan).
McNeil has not played on the defensive line for the Hawks, but has expressed an interest.
“We might have to pursue that,” Dixon said.
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