What it means: I wanted to see more from Malik Herring when I watched him at the start of the 2016 season. He was prototypical for what you want at the next level, but he didn’t make a ton of plays against Jake Fromm and Houston County, who was busy throwing the ball all over the place. Frankly, Herring and the rest of Mary Persons were just exhausted in the August heat in middle Georgia.
Still, Herring one of the top 300 prospects in the country. He’s the No. 20 overall prospect in Georgia, so he’s hardly without value. His commitment also means that the Bulldogs have another big body for the future of the defensive line.
He would need to grow substantially to move inside full time to defensive tackle, but that’s not out of the question. He projects more as an outside defender on the strong side.
Dean Legge saw him live: 2016 Kirby Smart Camp; 2016 Mary Persons vs. Houston County
Chad Simmons says: Herring is one that passes the eye-test right away. He has broad shoulders, natural strength, and he is one who could project as a strongside end or defensive tackle on the next level. He is most effective with his size and strength now. He can overpower the offensive linemen, use his lower-body strength to drive them back and then make plays in the offensive backfield. He needs to improve on burst off the ball and first step at end. He is not a quick-twitch athlete, but more of a strongside end who sets the edge and closes the pocket. He flashes at the point of attack and he can get penetration into the backfield when he plays with good pad level. He can still improve at playing the run. He can clean up his technique, play lower and use leverage to fight off blocks and to hold ground. He can close on the ball when he gets around the edge and he does chase well.