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.