Former Johns Creek RB, son of UGA great commits to Div. II school

The son of former Georgia Bulldogs running back Garrison Hearst has found his collegiate home.

Gerard Hearst – who played at Johns Creek High School in north Fulton County prior to his senior season – has committed to a Division II school to continue his football career.

At a signing day ceremony at Lincoln County High School – where Hearst spent his senior season – he announced on Thursday that he would be attending Tusculum College on a scholarship for football and track & field.

"I just want to say thank you to all of the people who have mentored and supported me throughout my high school journey," Hearst said in an Instagram post. "Thank you to my father who taught me everything I know. To my mother who was the light of my life and never gave up on me, all that I do will be on her honor."

A 5-foot-9, 178 lbs. running back, Hearst had received offers from Division I FCS schools in Butler, Stetson and Jacksonville, according to Rivals and his Instagram account. The only Division I FBS offer he received was from the United States Naval Academy. Hearst took a recruiting trip to Georgia in Nov. 2016, but a formal scholarship offer never came from his dad's alma mater.

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In three seasons at Georgia, from 1990 to 1992, the elder Hearst totaled 3,778 yards from scrimmage and scored 35 touchdowns. He is fifth all-time in UGA history for rushing yards and sixth all-time in touchdowns from scrimmage.

Garrison Hearst was the third overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft and played 10 years in the pros, making the NFL’s Pro Bowl twice.

Tusculum College is a four-year private school in Tennessee affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Its football team plays in the South Atlantic Conference and is outfitted by Under Armour. The Pioneers went 5-5 last season. Their head coach is former Florida linebacker, Jerry Odom.

According to ESPN testing results, Gerard Hearst has 40-yard dash time of 4.57 seconds and a vertical jump of 37 inches.

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