Every Friday, SEC Country will introduce a lesser-known recruit in the Southeast as part of a weekly spotlight series. This week’s Friday Night Spotlight is on Khalil Herbert, a running back out of American Heritage in Plantation, Fla.
- Name: Khalil Herbert
- High School: American Heritage
- Position: RB
- Ranking: 2-star
- Offers: FIU, Appalachian State, Fordham and Georgia State
- Class: 2016
When American Heritage running back Kyshaun Bryan went down with an injury on the second play of the team’s season-opener, coach Mike Rumph called on transfer Khalil Herbert.
Rumph knew of Herbert when he was at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (Fla.), but it was because of his track-and-field experience.
Bryan’s injury forced Rumph to rely almost solely on Herbert against stout IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), one of the top schools in the country. And he didn’t disappoint.
The two-star recruit went on to record close to 100 yards, as Heritage topped IMG, 19-7. In the following game against Stephenson High School (Ga.), Herbert crossed the century mark for the first time. He’d go on to do the same against Dematha (Md.).
“He’s special because of his build,” Rumph told SEC Country. “He’s a muscular, stocky kid. His whole background is track. He’s been running his whole life. Not only is he really fast, he has a good build and has been in some key games.”
Added Rumph: “He’d be a good fit for a BCS team.”
On a team loaded with Division I talent, Herbert is a hidden gem. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, he’s a wrecking ball of sorts. His calves are as pronounced as any player on the field. Yet, Herbert has only reported a few offers, most notably from FIU and Georgia State. He’s hoping that’ll change given his transition to American Heritage.
“Coming here put me in a place for other schools to see me,” Herbert told SEC Country. “There have been a lot more scouts and cameras here. There is a lot more exposure.”
Rumph said Herbert is piquing the interest of a few other schools lately, including SMU and Florida Atlantic. And for good reason.
Herbert has thrived in American Heritage’s offense. The program employs some of the same run concepts he was familiar with at Stoneman Douglas, like the sprint draw. Against Dematha, Heritage dialed it up for Herbert, who took it up the sideline and cut back to the middle of the field to give his team a much-needed score with less than a minute remaining.
“He is that guy,” Rumph said.
It may not be long for other schools to take notice of the two-sport athlete, who has filled in admirably on a team stacked with talent.
Herbert is rated as the No. 335 player in Florida.