May 21, 2013

Texas Safety looks at NMSU

Dalton Herrington is just getting started in his recruiting efforts for the 2014 recruiting class. His skill and talent on the football field has caught the eye of a couple of NMSU football coaches hoping to fill a spot in the Aggie secondary. The 6'2" safety from Halletsville (Texas) Halletsville high school, sports great size, athletic ability, and a focused attitude that may help him land a scholarship offer at a Division-I college football program.

"I've been playing full-contact football since the seventh grade. I've been playing in the secondary since I started, which is a position I've really enjoyed. I'm a physical safety. I'm more like a run stopping safety where I can come up and bring the boom and stopping the run."

Bringing the "boom" to stop the running game on defense, as Herrington puts it, is something the Aggie defense could use and must have caught the eye of Aggie coaches. "I sent them some e-mail's and filled out a questionnaire along with some highlight videos. Coach Johnson called me along with coach Elson. Coach Johnson came down to my school and met with him. I then spoke to coach Elson and that's when they offered me."

Herrington seems to have a plan in place to get noticed by more college football programs. His first step is to pay a visit to Las Cruces and NMSU for a football camp on June 8th and to tour the NMSU football facilities and campus. Prior to the visit to NMSU, Herrington plans on getting more division-I offers was to stay active and in front of any college football program coaches hoping to land more offers. "I went to a national combine last summer and a Nike Sport combine in February."

Herrington, a multi-sport athlete playing not only football, but also plays baseball, basketball, and track. He comes from an athletic family where his sister plays softball in college and both parents played soccer in college Dalton's dad is a track coach at a local school.

Herrington also has good academics sporting a 3.79 GPA. "My mom is a principle at a school and both parents stay active in my academics and athletics. Both are excited for me and want me to keep my options open. I'm thinking about majoring in either Business or Engineering at NMSU."

When asked how familiar he was with NMSU, Herrington did his homework. "I know they play a lot of big-time schools. They're a division-I football program which got me interesting in them. I also researched what I could major in at NMSU and what they have to offer me as a student. I knew I wanted to play at the highest level of college football. I've been to a game at LSU and the excitement and energy playing in front of that many fans is what I wanted."

Things are just getting started for this Texas native. "New Mexico State is currently the only offer I have, but now Houston Baptist may offer me as I've visited them twice. I may get some interest from Texas Tech and possibly some Ivy League schools."

But for now, Herrington seems focused on the offer from NMSU. "I'm just really excited and looking forward to visiting New Mexico State and hopefully become an Aggie".


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