As a recruit: Chris Herndon is a player Miami's coaches noticed back in the spring of his junior year. They started recruiting him and invited him to one of the summer camps in June. He attended one, and impressed the coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer. A couple days later, he added his name to Miami's commitment list. Herndon didn't have any other BCS offers. He finished his senior season with 33 catches for 543 yards and six touchdowns. He helped lead his team to the Class 6A state championship. Miami is the only school he made an official visit to.
What to expect: Herndon's recruiting process was a bit strange. Despite being 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, having plus athleticism (he has a good basketball background and ran a 4.79 here earlier this summer), and having a productive senior season for one of the state's premier programs, Miami was his only BCS offer. Something doesn't add up. That's why his upside is a mystery to me. Miami liked him from day one, and that's what matters in the end. The Canes have a very good trio of tight ends they plan to use with Clive Walford, Beau Sandland, and Standish Dobard. Jake O'Donnell is more of a blocker while Herndon will likely provide more pass-catching ability. There might not be enough footballs to go around, especially since those top three tight ends all have the ability to make things happen in the passing game. Unless he comes in and really lights it up, which seems unlikely, a redshirt is likely in store for him.