Herlocker Brings a Unique Package

Ben Herlocker rushed for 2,500 yards and 36 touchdowns his last year at Charlotte Catholic, and he has great athletic ability for a fullback. He arrives at East Carolina on Wednesday for summer school and is excited about the future.

Ben Herlocker rushed for 2,500 yards and 36 touchdowns his last year at Charlotte Catholic, and he has great athletic ability for a fullback. He arrives at East Carolina on Wednesday for summer school and is excited about the future.

"I'm getting up there Wednesday to enroll, and I'll be taking a couple of classes," said Herlocker. "I'm not sure what I want to major in, but I'm really looking forward to just being out there. I met a couple of the players out there on my official and we got along well. I know a couple of people from my high school that have been out there for a couple of years and they like it too. I just think it will be a good college experience.

At 6-0 and now just above 215 pounds, Herlocker is close to the 220 pounds that the ECU coaches asked him to be at when he arrives. He may be a tad undersized for a college fullback at this point, but he has been working hard to change that.

"My vision and speed have always been the best things going for me," he said. "I do need to get a little bigger, but I've been working hard at that. This summer I've been working out a lot, doing speed drills and trying to get my weight up. We ran a Wing T offense in high school, and that was a really good fit for me. Obviously it will be different at East Carolina, but I've seen what they want to do offensively and I think I'll be a good fit in that."

Coach Phil Petty was responsible for recruiting Herlocker and the two developed a strong relationship. Herlocker was impressed with the other ECU coaches, and believes they will be in Greenville for a while.

"The coaches were one of the biggest reasons I chose East Carolina," he said. "You can see on the field that they're moving in the right direction. I also got the impression that they're all very happy at East Carolina. It doesn't look like the coaches are looking to make a move. That job stability was good to see."


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