At 6’6 and weighing in at 215 pounds, 2016 Sheldon (Eugene, Or.) QB Justin Herbert is, quite literally, one of the biggest signal-callers in the region. The talented signal-caller is now up to two offers and he’s got several more schools eyeing his skills.
“I just got an offer from Portland State,” Herbert told Northwest Elite Index recently. “I already had an offer from Northern Arizona, I’ve had that one for a while now, and I have been talking to Montana State and Eastern Washington a lot and Boise State has been talking to me a little bit too.
“I feel good about my offers right now. Obviously, you want as many offers as possible so you have lots of choices, but I like where things are going right now, especially considering the injury I had and the fact that schools haven’t gotten to see me throw the football in a game since last September.”
During the third game of his junior campaign last fall, Herbert suffered a broken right femur, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. Before the injury, he had completed 64% of his passes (48 of 75) for 688 yards with 10 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also showed nimble feet for a young man his size, rushing for 161 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries as well.
“I can run pretty well, but I feel like I am a pass-first guy,” Herbert noted. “I always want to keep plays alive with my legs and let my teammates get open so that they can make plays down the field.
“This offseason, I’ve been working a lot on my footwork and also on distributing the ball better. I want to give our offense more dimensions by running and throwing just to take the pressure off of things.”
Herbert was healthy enough to be a participant on Sheldon’s basketball team and state champion baseball team.
“It didn’t take long for me to get back to 100% once I got the surgery and I felt good enough to play those other seasons,” Herbert said. “I just got a surgery to have the screws removed from my leg and I’m jogging already and I feel like I am close to full speed and I should be good to go to start fall camp when it starts (in early August).”
Herbert said he is not looking to make an early decision, hoping to take some official visits this fall and there are several schools that have told him they want to see him throw in the first month of the season before they make a decision on whether they will offer him or not.
Northwest Elite Index will continue to keep tabs on Herbert in the coming weeks and months and we will update news on him as it happens.