by Aaron Garcia
David Herlocker knows all too well how sometimes you don’t really know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
Such was the case with Herlocker, Charlotte Catholic’s senior running back who amassed 1,019 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns this season while also leading the team in catches (20), receiving yards (468) and receiving touchdowns (six).
During the season, Herlocker said he didn’t put too much emphasis on his college recruitment. But that changed as the Cougars’ season began to wind down. While he received recruiting interest before the season, Herlocker said he reenergized his efforts once the campaign ended and last week accepted a scholarship to continue his career with the University of Richmond Spiders.
“I knew the season was coming to an end, so I could feel (the desire to keep playing),” Herlocker said of his decision to pursue an opportunity in college football. “Once we lost (in the Class 3AA state semifinals to Shelby Crest), I realized I was done with football, and I didn’t know how I was going to take it. I realized I should just keep going.
“The more I played, toward the end of the season, I knew I was going to miss it. So I figured since I had the ability to, I might as well keep it going for as long as I can.”
Herlocker said he chose Richmond over programs such as William & Mary, Furman, Brown, Elon and Columbia because he liked Richmond’s campus and has a friend within the Spiders’ program in former Cougar teammate Adam Farley, a defensive lineman.
Herlocker said he was pleased to get the decision out of the way with his senior year approaching its end.
“It was relieving, more than anything, just knowing you’re finally going somewhere and you don’t have to worry about the pressure (of finding a team to play for next year),” said Herlocker, who sports a 3.75 GPA.
Herlocker, 6 foot 2, 195 pounds, said the Spiders will give him opportunities at both receiver and safety.
“Wherever they think I’ll perform better,” said Herlocker, who added that he has no preference in position.
“I love the opportunity,” he said. “I just want to get on the field.”
Charlotte Catholic coach Jim Oddo said Herlocker’s athleticism and versatility should make him a dangerous weapon for the Spiders, regardless of which position he plays.
“The biggest thing is he’s so versatile (that) he’s going to be difficult for us to replace,” Oddo said with a laugh. “He ran back kickoffs and punts, and broke a lot of them. He played defensive back and hawked the ball good and tackled well. Then, he was a breakaway runner with his speed (4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash). He could take it to the house. Then, he was a good blocker, too.
“He’s intelligent – I think he’ll do a good job,” Oddo continued. “I think (the Richmond coaches) are going to be surprised with the player they’re getting.”