Leader on and off the field

Leader on and off the field

The qualities this running back prides himself on are sometimes hard to find at his position. He may be a hometown boy from Beaumont, but many programs around the country are starting to realize his potential.

West Brook High's Justin Hervey has received an offer from Texas State and despite growing up in Beaumont all his life, Hervey said that being a long way from home wouldn't be a factor in his college consideration.

As of this week, Houston - just an hour away from Beaumont - and Texas State are tied at the top of his list. Southeastern Louisiana is the only other school that has offered.

Hervey shows tremendous vision and has speed inside and outside the tackles. After watching highlights from West Brook last season, you wouldn't know that Hervey used have trouble with seeing the lanes.

"Two years ago, I had trouble with visuals - seeing the hole and making something out of nothing but I have improved on that this past year," Hervey said. I get to point A to point B as quick as possible."

But enough of Hervey on the field. Hervey is being looked at by his coaches to be a leader his senior season and Hervey is taking it upon himself to be a leader in every sense of the word.

"I'm very committed to what I have to do on and off the field," Hervey said. "My coaches are challenging me to be a leader. A lot of guys figure that a running back is not an all-around leader but I told my coach that I would step up to the plate and drive the team as one. I feel that any school can count on me to go to school when I need to, go to class, be there on the field and give 110 percent."

The timetable for a decision is a lengthy one for Hervey and so is his list of potential offers. Utah, Oregon State, Oklahoma, Kansas, Ariona and Iowa State have all expressed interest in his services. He is not, however, expected to make a decision until December.

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