5-Star DE Stephen Herron Jr. Interview


Stephen Herron Jr. is a junior out of Trinity High School who just made the biggest decision of his life. Recently, Herron Jr. announced that he would be attending the University of Michigan to continue his athletic and academic career. Herron Jr. made his decision public after the barbecue that was hosted at The Big House on Saturday which included several talented recruits. He chose Michigan over Ohio State, Stanford, and more. He announced his commitment via Twitter.

Stephen Herron Jr. is a four-star recruit and the No. 1 player in the state of Kentucky. Herron Jr. is also the No. 4 weak-side defensive end in the country and No. 36 player in the country for any position according to 247Sports. Many sites list Herron Jr. as a five-star, and it could only be a matter of time before 247Sports does as well.

He weighs 235 pounds and stands 6- foot-3.5-inches. Stephen is a pure athlete and has a killer instinct off the snap. He takes down multiple linemen in his route to the ball carrier. He explodes off the line and creates separation through his long stature and can hawk down anything in his sight. A day after his commitment, I was able to speak with the 17 year-old who seemed as excited for the future as Wolverines’ fans are about him.


Q: Can you start by telling Michigan fans a little about yourself and what you bring to the table?

A: “I feel like I am a well-rounded individual. Athletically, I feel like I’m ready to go up against any other person in the nation, no matter the class. And within my class, I feel like me coming to Michigan can give them a new identity as far as defensive line goes for Michigan as well as throughout the Big Ten.”

Q: What was the biggest factor(s) in your decision on choosing Michigan over other schools?

A: “The simple and biggest factor over other schools was that Michigan felt like home, and the place that I could call family with the other brothers (teammates).”

Q: What are you looking forward to most about playing in The Big House in front of over 100,000 people?

A: “I’ve never played in front of that many people, so experiencing that would be great.”

Q: What will be your biggest goal when your time at Michigan comes?

A: “To be the best defensive lineman to ever come out of Michigan and to win Defensive Player of the Year and more. Also, to contend for a national title.”

Q: Describe your relationship with Coach Don Brown? Do you see yourself thriving in his system?

A: “Don Brown and I have talked a lot about how I would fit into the system and we both think I would thrive tremendously. But, so far I feel like now that I am committed, I can definitely improve on everyone’s relationship.”

Q: What is the main thing you want Michigan fans to remember you for? Why?

A: “Being the definition of a ‘Michigan Man’ on an off the field. As well as my play on the field and then [fans] thinking I have become the best defensive individual other than Charles Woodson [Herron’s favorite player] to come out of Michigan. I want to be remembered in a great way so I figure if Michigan fans and alumni can remember me that way, then that would be the best way.”

Q: Describe to me your work ethic and how you prepare to be your best at all times.

A: “My work ethic I feel is at a very high level. I like to stay in the gym most days of the week and also attend my school practice. So with that, preparing to be my best at all times comes quite easy.”

Stephen Herron Jr. is an excellent player but a better person. As you can tell in his interview, as much as he wants himself to succeed at Michigan, he wants the team to do well too. Stephen Herron Jr. will make a name for himself. He is a determined, young man who has the bar set high and will not stop until he has reached his goals. We, at Michigan Sports Zone would like to thank Herron Jr. for having an interview with us and we wish him the best of luck for the rest of his high school career, his college career, and beyond. The Michigan Wolverines are getting a promising talent and we look forward to his time representing the Maize and Blue.

Stephen Herron Jr. Highlights

Stephen Heron Jr.’s Hudl page shows his style of play and what kind of a player Michigan will soon be getting. Check out his highlights here.


Author- Blaine Tikey

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