Dawgs Target In-State Sophomore DL

Scout slapped four stars on his profile many months ago and he could challenge for five stars before all is said and done. UGA sees what Scout sees and offered this sophomore defensive lineman Saturday...

If Malik Herring is playing for your team, you want him to be the first off the bus.

The 6-foot-4, 251 pound sophomore defensive end out of Forsyth (Ga.) Mary Persons is impressive on the hoof. He makes plays on the field too and his ceiling with his hand in the dirt is high.

Alabama was first to offer not too long ago, then it was Clemson, Auburn, Florida State, and a few others before the Dawgs did the deed in person Saturday.

"There was so much built-up excitement for me when I got the offer from Georgia," said Herring. "The coaches were telling me they were happy to get me there, happy to see me, and then they offered me. It was great."

Herring has always had interest in the in-state Bulldogs and UGA is now high on his list.

"Georgia is one of my top schools now," said Herring. "I do not have favorites in any order anymore, but Georgia is up there.

"Having an offer from Georgia is great and it is great to know that I can stay in the state of Georgia to play college football and to get a great education."

During the visit to Athens Saturday, Herring said the new strength and conditioning Mark Hocke impressed him as did defensive line coach Tracy Rocker.

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