Georgia has officially finished off their 2016 signing class, as running back Brian Herrien has signed the financial aid papers. Herrien joins the Bulldogs and running backs coach Dell McGee gets a new weapon in the backfield.
After pushing his decision back more than three months after National Signing Day due to grades, Herrien finally was able to clean up his academic situation and end the whirlwind of a recruiting process.
“It feels great,” Herrien told SicEmDawgs.com. “It’s been a very bumpy road with schools and all, but I’m glad it’s finally over.”
The aspect of finally ending ‘what could be’ and finally getting time on the field is a relief for Herrien.
In the later stages of his recruitment, he was considering no other university than Georgia, partially due to the relationships with the coaches.
“(It’s all) because they stuck with me and believed that I could get (the academic work) done,” Herrien continued. “Kirby Smart was a big play in (my decision), because he was recruiting me while at Alabama.”
In addition to the relationship with Georgia’s coaches, he also believes the future is bright for the Bulldogs.
“The future for Georgia is going to be outstanding,” Herrien said. “It is definitely on the come up, as I see great things in the future.”
The projected success in 2016 as well as the expectation for the future recruiting classes will set up nicely for a prosperous next few years, which played an integral role in Herrien’s decision and unwillingness to budge to another school.
Herrien believes that he will fit in nicely to McGee’s system, despite the ample depth of running backs already.
“I see myself fitting in pretty well,” Herrien said. “I think I can produce at a high level especially since I’ll be having to work harder.”
Lastly, Herrien had a message to the fans, as they welcome another recruit in Smart’s first class.
“(Personally), I hate to disappoint and rarely do,” Herrien said boldly. “Therefore, just like the name on the back of my senior jersey, it’s showtime.”
The Georgia native out of New Manchester High School in Douglasville, Georgia will report to Athens with the rest of the 2016 class on June 1st, just 17 days from now. Finishing with 1,910 yards and 16 trips to the endzone in his senior year, Herrien looks to have a big impact in the near future for Smart’s group.
According to 247Sports, Herrien is rated as a three-star recruit, the No. 19 running back, and the No. 402 overall recruit for the class of 2016..