When you talk about perseverance, there isn’t a better example than Sheldon (Eugene, Or.) QB Justin Herbert. After suffering a broken femur in the third game as junior last fall, Herbert is finally back healthy and he’s tearing it up on the gridiron so far this season.
In Sheldon’s first two games, against state powers Tigard and Jesuit (Portland), Herbert has completed 45 of his 70 attempts for 719 yards, 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions while leading his team to a 1-1 record.
“Things have gone great,” Herbert told Northwest Elite Index recently. “It’s been great to be back. I am really happy about being back and doing what I love.”
Because of his injury last season, the 6’6″, 210-pounder fell off the radar of several schools and then he had some residual pain after removing the screws from his broken bone shortly before the start of the camp circuit this past June.
“I don’t think I was actually back to full health when I went out there,” Herbert told NEI back in June. “When I went to the Washington camp, I just didn’t move very well and some of that had to do with the fact that I had the screws taken out earlier that week, so I didn’t play well and that probably hurt me a little.”
Now that he’s back to full health, you would think schools would be clamoring to have him come and visit, but so far, recruiting interest has been pretty tepid.
“I have the offer from Montana State, but that’s about it,” Herbert noted. “Oregon was talking to me for a while, but they just got a second quarterback commit, so I am not sure if they are really still interested in me or not.
“Nebraska has also called and talked to me. I knew the coaches there from when they were here at Oregon State, so they said they want to see my next few games to see how I have progressed and then we’ll see.”
Sheldon takes on Grants Pass this Friday in their first league game of the season.