North Clayton – College Park, GA
Ever the competitor, Amarlo Herrera still showed up to combines and camps during the 2010 summer—long after he committed to Georgia. For all the attention and accolades and credit given to Herrera concerning his skills, he still wanted to get better. He wanted to prove he could be a valuable asset in pass coverage. Most of all, he wanted to show any and all that he was the best linebacker in the state of Georgia. Herrera ended his recruitment in the spring of 2010, just as his offer sheet was hitting its stride. Herrera declined invitations to the dance from Ohio State, Florida and many others. Georgia was the school in his heart from the beginning.
HONORS: PrepStar All-Southeast Region team… Scout.com Four-Star Player, #11 MLB in the country and #15 Player in Georgia… ESPN four-star player, #9 outside linebacker in the country… Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top 50 and member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Class AAAA All-State team… Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State team… Also named All-Region and All-County… Defensive Player of the Year in Clayton County and Region 4AAAA
STATS: Herrera was named the Defensive MVP of North Clayton as junior and senior. His 181 career tackles set single-season school record.
CHAD SIMMONS ON HERRERA: “Herrera is an attacking linebacker who likes to locate the ball, attack it and then destroy. That is his mindset on the field, and he executes most of the time. Herrera could play inside or outside in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme, but ideally, he may be best inside where he can play down hill, attack the ball and not worry as much about playing in space. He is going to be a very physical linebacker in the SEC and will take some toughness with him to Georgia. He should compete for early playing time when he gets there. He still needs to work on shedding blocks as well as his footwork in coverage. But he showed why he is considered one of the better inside linebackers in the South last fall.”
AN OPPOSING COACH SAYS: “He’s the real deal. He’s explosive and fast. He can jump out of the gym. We thought we had him on the backside (on one play), and he slow played that thing. We threw it, and he went up like a free safety and snatched that ball out of the air for a touchdown. I saw him do that in back-to-back games. He’s got a lot of Georgia Bulldog him.”
LEGGE’S FINAL WORD: The return of the big middle linebacker – that’s what you are seeing in Todd Grantham’s first full year of recruiting. And Herrera embodies just that – a playmaking, physical linebacker who can make tackles. Herrera also moves well to be as big as he is. What strikes me more than anything else about him is his willingness to compete consistently at a high level. He worked out at numerous camps, including a couple at Georgia even though he was already committed to the Bulldogs. Herrera seemed to be the only linebacker in some drills who would go hard every single time. That’s not something that comes naturally to some players – for him it does. I expect a solid career at Georgia for Herrera; any development will likely lead to the NFL.