Washington is rich in offensive line talent this season and one emerging star is Oak Harbor OT Dayne Herron, a 6’4″, 280-pound prospect who came on as the 2011 season progressed and is now poised to find his way onto the radars of several FBS and FCS programs who are looking for athletic and raw talent.
“Our team mainly runs the Wing-T, so I’m probably a better run-blocker than I am a pass-blocker right now,” Herron told Northwest Elite Index recently. “I like making holes for my teammates and helping our running game go.”
And make them go he did, helping lead the way for an offense that averaged over 370 yards per game on the ground and paved the way for two 1,000-yard rushers (Brent Ryan and Josiah Miller). Even with that outstanding productivity, Herron knows he has a long way to go in getting ready for the rigors of his senior season as well as impressing scouts enough that he can garner some offers to play college football.
“I am playing basketball now, but it’s more just to stay in good shape and it helps with my footwork,” Herron noted. “I’ve gone down to a Barton workout with other top linemen and I feel like that will help me with my technique and to get noticed more by recruiters.
“Right now I’d say my biggest assets are that I hustle and I work hard and I love to hit. I need to get my technique down and keep getting stronger, but I feel like I can really improve this offseason.”
So far no schools have come calling, but that should change as he hits the camp circuit this spring and summer.
“I’m going to make as many camps as I can, but right now I’m not sure which ones I will be going to,” Herron said. “My dad and I have to sit down and map that out, but yeah, I will definitely be going to more Barton stuff and hit a bunch of camps at colleges this summer.”
With his outstanding athleticism and natural size to go along with his work ethic, the sky is the limit for Herron and he should see interest from schools start picking up in the coming weeks and months.