Nation’s No. 2 DE Stephen Herron Jr. has off-the-charts character and likes UGA ‘a lot’

Stephen Herron Jr.
5-star Kentucky DE Stephen Herron Jr. is the type of young prospect that can anchor a recruiting class.

Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. We’ll cover the news and which way this 4-star or 5-star like Stephen Herron Jr. might lean plus add some perspective to help fans figure out what it all means.

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Stephen Herron Jr. was wearing a UGA windbreaker the first time I laid eyes on him.

He was smiling. A lot. It seemed like that came naturally as he interacted with other adults and players.

The nation’s No. 2 defensive end prospect for 2019 had just come off a visit to see the Bulldogs in Athens. But he was playing the part of a recruiting reporter.

Really.

Herron Jr. had his camera out. He was recording every rep for his teammate Cameron Garrett at receiver at the Atlanta MVP camp.

“My teammate is out here working at receiver,” Herron said. “We’re trying to get some film together for his tape. We’re going to get him some offers.”

Stephen Herron is rated as the nation’s No. 2 DE for the Class of 2019. (Jeff Sentell / SEC Country)

We’d chat back and forth. Then he’d briefly excuse himself.

Garrett would take off on a rep and the nation’s No. 15 overall prospect would hot-foot off to capture on video.

This does not happen all that often in the recruiting world. The more I learned about Herron, the more his videography seemed exactly like something he would feel led to do.

The more I learned about Herron, the more his videography seemed exactly like something he would do.rates as the nation’s No. 2 defensive end prospect in 2019. His Shamrocks went 15-0 last fall and won a state championship in Kentucky.

The 5-star recruit rates as the nation’s No. 2 defensive end prospect in 2019. His Shamrocks went 15-0 last fall and won a state championship in Kentucky.

He already has the big offers: Alabama. Michigan. Notre Dame. Ohio State. The Power 5 big dog that lands him will need their own shamrock to get his signature on their letter-of-intent.

A rival coach told me that he regarded Herron as a “freakish” athlete. That’s a good thing. The Trinity Christian standout also has a clear opinion about Georgia.

“I like UGA a lot,” Herron Jr. said this week. “It is a great school surrounded by a great staff with great academics.”

Herron is at the 6-foot-4 mark. He’ll tip scales at 235 pounds with some very impressive film. Check it out below. It looks like he’s got heat-seekers in his hips to find the ball.

But his Twitter bio reads “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”

That will probably come to mind first. Not football. This defensive end also sets the edge for what elite recruits can do with their instant fame on and off the field.

The Stephen Herron Jr. profile 

Herron already takes all AP classes. He has a 3.9 grade-point average but laments the fact he does not have a perfect 4.0. There was this theology class. Long story.

He loves football and realizes it is a blessing to be very successful at something he enjoys. The first-team all-state selection aspires to make “the league” like everyone else with five stars by their recruiting profile.

Yet he is also centered on daily progress.

Stephen Herron Jr. plans to make his college decision in the summer prior to his senior season. (Student Sports / Special)

“There are a lot of guys like me,” Herron says. “Those ratings says that there are at least 14 guys better than me. There’s a better defensive out there than me. Supposedly? Notice I said supposedly. So what separates us? What separates me from all these other so-called top prospects like me? A couple inches? A few pounds? Maybe a better 40 time? I think about doing more every day to stand out.”

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