Big Athlete One To Watch In 2014

Big 2014 athlete Chris Herndon talks about his recent Auburn camp experience and takes a first look at recruiting.

Norcross, Ga.—A two-way standout since he was young in both football and basketball, 6-4, 218 Chris Herndon is quickly seeing that his future may indeed be on the gridiron.

A 2014 prospect at tight end, and possibly defensive end because of his size and athleticism, Herndon and his teammates at Meadowcreek High participated in a team camp at Auburn recently and he said it was a good experience heading into his junior year.

"The ride there was short, it was only about two hours," Herndon said. "When I got there I automatically liked the campus because of the way it looked. The dorms are pretty good, too. I thought it was going to be like four or five hours away from home."

Playing quarterback, wide receiver, tight end and linebacker in high school, Herndon uses his 4.8 speed in the 40-yard dash to make plays on both sides of the ball. With his basketball background he's a threat to catch anything thrown his way. During the Auburn camp he made several big-time catches going up over defenders to secure the ball.

Herndon snags the ball over two defenders

He said it is that success on the field and also his development physically that has him thinking more about football.

"When I got to high school and started lifting weights I started realizing how, with my size, I can go really far in football," Herndon said. "I'm going to focus more on football."

The way he caught the ball on the field during Auburn's camp was enough to catch the eye of the coaching staff and in particular tight end coach Jay Boulware. Herndon said Boulware spoke to him and wants him to come back to a camp on the Plains this summer.

"It was big," Herndon said. "He was one of the first actual coaches that has talked to me."

Hearing from Oregon, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Clemson and Georgia Tech in addition to Auburn, Herndon said he wants to see and experience as much as possible this summer to get a good start on his recruiting.

"This summer I plan on going to another Auburn camp in July," Herndon said. "I'm also going to a Georgia Tech came and a Duke camp and maybe Alabama."


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