Mike's Take: New TE commit

The Hurricanes picked up a tight end commitment over the weekend. Read on for a commitment analysis on him from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

What to Like: Chris Herndon made a commitment to Miami over the weekend following a strong performance at their camp. That's one thing you always like to see, especially from out of state prospects. The coaches were able to get an up-close and personal evaluation of him while watching him move around, compete, and learn. Those are things that are often times hard to see on film, especially for out of state kids that you don't get to evaluate as much. On film Herndon's athleticism jumps out at you. At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, he already has ideal size for a major college tight end prospect. He'll likely be able to add a few pounds and be close to 6-4 and 250 pounds by the time he starts competing at the major college level. With a 4.8/40 time (laser) at a Nike event earlier this year, he showed the ability to run pretty well. He also changes directions nicely, and seems to genuinely be one of the most athletic big men on the field every time. He's a kid who will have the size and desire to block and also the size and athleticism to create some mismatches down the field in the passing game.

What may concern you: Despite having a nice combination of size and athleticism, Herndon didn't really produce on the field as a junior last season. He finished his junior season with just four catches for 40 yards and no touchdowns. He played a little bit on defense but finished with just five tackles all season. You have to wonder why he wasn't more involved when it really mattered. He will also need to add more strength and become more physical at the point of attack to become a complete player at the position, someone who will be able to block and catch the football.

Bottom Line: With just one BCS scholarship offer prior to his commitment to Miami (from Mississippi State), Herndon went lightly recruited despite playing in a good area for high school football that gets heavily recruited by SEC and ACC schools. Herndon was recruited like a high two/low three star prospect, and becomes Miami's first commitment at the tight end position in the 2014 class. The Hurricanes signed a very good tight end class in 2013, so it wasn't a major need. They could afford to sign someone who might not be ready right away. That's Herndon -- a kid with some nice upside but still developing as a football player on the field (he grew up playing basketball). It'll be interesting to see what happens if some SEC schools start recruiting him later in the year.


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