November 12, 2012

3-Star LB picks up offer from Black Knights

Beau Hershberger has six offers on the table and the 3-star linebacker says that he expecting an offer from University Nevada Reno.

But the hard-hitting defender still has some unfinished business on the high school gridiron before he gives his full attention to his recruiting.

Hershberger and his teammates at Granite Bay (Calif.) Granite Bay High School won their first playoff of the season in last week's 52-0 win over Napa.

"Our season is still going strong and we're in our 2nd round of the playoffs this week," he shared with "Right now we are 9-3 and our next game is versus Downey (Modesto, Calif.)."

Hershberger, who currently maintains a 3.6 GPA, recently picked up two new offers ... from academy rivals, Army and Navy.

Army's recruiting of the 3-star hybrid defender is being by offensive coordinator Ian Shields. And it was Shields who extended the offer according to Hershberger.

"Coach (Shields) left a message on my phone saying that I had an offer there at West Point (aka Army) and they would like me to come out and meet the coaching staff during the offseason," declared Hershberger. "It was within the last week and right after Army offered, Navy offered."

So what was Hershberger's initial response upon receiving the offer from the Black Knights. "I mean any offer I ever get it's extremely exciting," he said. "I just celebrate with my family and it gives me hope in the offseason that there are more offers to possibly come. As far as West Point, it's a decision that I would have to discuss with my family. Serving in the Army after college is definitely going to be a factor in it and it just going to be something my family and I would have to talk about."

With offers from three East Coast based schools, what are Hershberger's thoughts of playing in that region at the collegiate level?

"The fact that all these schools great educational reputations, it attracts me," says the very candid Hershberger. "But the only thing is I don't know if I want to go that far away from home. I have a close relationship with my family members and it would be hard to be away from them ... being that far away from home."

Out of Granite Bay's 4-4 defensive scheme, the 6-foot-2, 232 pounder plays more of the hybrid role of outside backer/stand-up defense end. So, how has performed statistically this season? "Right now I have 10 sacks throughout the season, I average about 6 tackles a game," shares Hershberger, who also plays rugby and wrestles at Granite Bay. "I wrestled at 220 last year and I'm planning to die down this year," he said.

For Hershberger, he has mirrored his game after one of his school all-time football greats. "My favorite player is Miles Burris," he says with pride and noting the similarities. "He played at Granite Bay a few years back and he's playing for the Raiders (Oakland) right now, starting as a middle linebacker. He and I have the same kind of characteristics ... bigger build, really powerful on the run defense and on the pass defense we're good, but the run defense is definitely our strength."

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