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Talented 4-Star DE Talks UGA

Matt DeBary catches up with 2017 defensive end Malik Herring.

2017 defensive end Malik Herring (Mary Persons) had an impressive week at Rising Seniors, proving why he has offers from schools all over the country including Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Clemson, Penn State, and UCLA among other.  The 6’3, 253 lb. pass rusher from Forsyth had some interesting things to say about the home state Bulldogs during the registration period.

“I love Georgia.  I love the school.” Herring said.  “When I’m there, it feels like home.  I have a great relationship with Coach Rocker and head coach Kirby Smart.”

Herring went on to say that Smart immediately reached out to him once he became the new head man for the Bulldogs.

“I congratulated coach Smart for getting hired; now he wants me to come home and stay home.”  Herring said.  “We text all the time about me coming down for another visit and for him to meet my family.”  

Herring is no stranger to Athens, and already feels right at home there.  “I’ve been to Athens about five times.”  Herring said.  “I have visited them more than anyone.”

Herring also said that coach Smart has a plan for him if he decides to sign with the Bulldogs.

“He (Smart) said he wants me to come off the edge with Thompson and Rochester.”  Herring said.  “I’m pretty good friends with those guys.  I text Trent (Thompson) every week.  I’m friends with Roqaun (Smith) and Richard (LeCounte) too.  Everyone is on me about coming to Georgia.”

Knowing how many top prospects are in the state of Georgia for the 2017 class, Herring believes a championship could be coming soon.  “Our class could be the big turnaround for Georgia.”

While Georgia clearly has the momentum for Herring at the moment, he did say that he has no timetable for a decision, and wants to take his time with the process and continue to looks at other schools.

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