UPDATED 4:19 P.M. . . .
Georgia added it’s third commitment of the 2011 recruiting class Monday afternoon.
Amarlo Herrera, a linebacker at North Clayton High School, accepted the Bulldogs’ scholarship offer while meeting with coach Mark Richt on the UGA campus. He had the day off from school and traveled to Athens with his coach, Rodney Hackney.
“He already knew I was going to do it so it wasn’t much of a surprise,” Herrera said of his 3:30 p.m. visit with Georgia’s head man. “I had made my decision a while ago because I always wanted to go to Georgia. I said if they offered me I was going to go with them. This just made it official.”
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker got that official offer on Jan. 27, just before he attended the Bulldogs’ Junior Day in Athens.
Herrera said one of his main attractions to UGA was defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and his 3-4 defense.
“I like the 3-4,” Herrera said. “We already run it in high school, so it should be an easy transition for me.”
As for whether he would play inside or outside in Grantham’s set, Herrera wasn’t sure. “I’d say outside right now, but [Grantham] says I could play any one of them.”
Had the Bulldogs not offered, Herrera said he would have considered Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Florida or Texas Tech.
Herrera joins safeties Corey Moore of Griffin and Chris Sanders of Tucker in the Bulldogs’ Class of 2011. Herrera said he does not plan to take any other visits and is unconcerned about being able to stick with his commitment until national signing day of next year. . . .
Be sure to check out this exclusive interview AJC preps reporter Michael Carvell had recently with Wilcox County quarterback Nick Marshall. It gets into Marshall’s relationship with Georgia wide receiver signee Lonnie Outlaw and explores other family ties that could also influence Marshall’s college choice.