When Signing Day 2016 wrapped up, Georgia's signing class did not. Kirby Smart and his staff already added graduate transfer offensive tackle Tyler Catalina and kicker Mitchell Wasson. And of course Savannah Christian standout Demetris Robertson is still weighing his options. But Georgia may be looking to add a player at a position where depth is at a premium.
Douglasville (New Manchester HS) tailback Brian Herrien took in practice in Athens on Tuesday and met with Bulldog coaches afterward. The 6'0, 200 pound senior rushed for 1910 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2015 on the way to earning first team all-state honors. But when a Signing Day came around he held no major offers due to academic questions.
It now appears, however, that Herrien may have a shot at admission, and as a result he''s hearing from schools with slots to fill, including Georgia. Herrien will retake the ACT on April 9th, and if all goes well could end up with an offer from the Bulldogs. He's also hearing from Alabama.
How did he go from out of the picture to in-demand prospect? Well, it helps that Herrien showed a combination of breakaway speed and toughness during a senior season that could have been even more impressive but for a hand injury. He was on Kirby Smart's radar when the Bulldogs' head man spearheaded Alabama's Peach State recruiting. And Bulldog running backs coach Dell McGhee recruited Herrien to Georgia Southern when he held the same position in Statesboro. So it would be inaccurate to say the guy's come out of nowhere.
But with A,J, Turman's decision to transfer and Nick Chubb still rehabbing his surgically repaired knee, Georgia could use a little more depth at tailback. Sony Michel and Brendan Douglas are certainly known quantities, but redshirt freshman Tae Crowder and true freshman Elijah Holyfield are not. Since the Red and Black have the scholarship to give, it makes sense to offer it to Herrien if he's in a position to qualify. And that's before you see what he can do on the field:
And in the weight room:
They didn't think I could do it .......so I did pic.twitter.com/KeI5Y4ffwO— brian herrien (@brianherrienn) March 21, 2016
Until later . . .