A few weeks ago we talked about New Manchester tailback Brian Herrien, one of the more dominant tailbacks in the state during the 2015 season. Herrien came into his senior season having shown flashes of onfield greatness, but had not been able to convince college coaches that he'd done the classroom work needed to pass the scrutiny of the NCAA Clearinghouse.
According to the AJC's DawgNation, Herrien has now upped his ACT score to an 18, which gave him a little breathing room for qualification purposes. Now Spring grades are in and it looks like Herrien did enough to pass the Clearinghouse and hopefully gain admission to Georgia.
Herrien is to meet with the Bulldog coaching staff today, at which time he hopes to receive an offer which he's made pretty clear he'll immediately accept. Call me sentimental, but there's something to be said for a young man who wants to play college football for his favorite school and puts in the work to make it happen.
What would Herrien signing mean for the Bulldogs? For starters, you can never, ever, under any circumstances have enough tailbacks in the SEC. God bless him, but if you forget that lesson you end up starting Kyle Karempelis between the hedges.
Herrien's 1970 yards last season were among the most in the state by any tailback, and doing that in AAAAA football is impressive. While he's not as highly rated as Elijah Holyfield, Herrien's got the potential to be a solid tailback in the rotation. With Sony Michel draft-eligible and Nick Chubb working his way back from injury but also potentially entering his last year in Athens, Georgia needs difference-makers and depth in the backfield. This season the addition of Herrien would shore up the depth chart. Longterm, the combination of Crowder, Holyfield, Herrien, Shaq Wilson (and hopefully a marquee back in the 2017 class) might yield (in aggregate or through someone stepping up individually) enough of a rushing attack for the Bulldog offense to gel in year two of the Jim Chaney era. Until later . . .