listens to a mix of Drake, Lil Wayne, and Eminem before he plays each game. That can't be the only thing that helps him focus before 200-yard rushing performances. That'll get any running back letters from college suitors.
His first game of the year against rival school Ozen, he showed how much he's improved from last season scoring 5 TD's and rushing for 277 yards. His performance earned him the Player of the Week award from 12 News Now in Beaumont and he's on track to be a first team all-district running back two years in a row.
In Hervey's second game, he rushed for 222 yards and crossed the end zone twice. His bar was raised high in his first showing of 2013, but those are still numbers any running back would be happy with.
"We run a spread offense, (which) allows a big opening for the running attack," Hervey said. "I went to the Nike Sparq Combine, Nike Training Combine, Texas A&M's camp and (Texas) Tech's camp as well. This summer I've been working on my lateral quickness a lot and my speed too."
He ran track to stay in competitive shape. Hervey ran the 100 meter sprint specifically, clocking in a 10.5 second time. His most recent 40-yard dash time was 4.40.
So what has this done for Hervey's recruiting outlook?
Besides already sitting on offers from University of Houston
and Texas State
, he's received two new offers from Arkansas State
and New Mexico
. Colorado State
, Boise State
, Oregon State
, and Utah
have all showed interest in his play recently.
When asked about any standouts or favorites, he told BI that he doesn't have any specifically. Hervey will however start narrowing down schools around October, around the same time he begins his official visits. Justin did seem excited about visiting Colorado State, Oregon State, and Utah when the time comes.
Hervey is looking for a program with a "player's coach".
"I'm looking at how the coaching staff is, especially how they interact with the players," Hervey said. "A nice campus is important too. I'll be asking (coaches) what the schedule is like for the team, and of course where they see me on the roster."
Those questions have already been asked to Colorado State, University of Houston, and Arkansas State. They told him he'd be able to see time his freshman year, if not certainly his sophomore season.
As far as Texas State goes, he's been recruited by RB coach Jeff Conway. Nobody else from West Brook is looking at Texas State but him. The BI staff will keep updates with his latest news, especially towards mid season when he begins narrowing down his options.
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The BI team caught up with West Brook's star back this week. He's got a hand full of interested schools, with just a matter of time before he narrows his selections down.
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