However, with the Vols undergoing a coaching change, he opened back up his recruitment and NC State is definitely under consideration.
"I liked my visit a lot," said Herbert. "It was my first time going to North Carolina, and it was great. The campus was cool and the coaching staff is great. They have one of the best coaching staffs I've seen because of all the experience they have, not only in college but also the pros. NC State has a bright future."
After watching NC State defeat Miami 38-28, Herbert believes the Wolfpack is a team on the rise.
"They are going to crack the Top 25 next year for sure," he stated. "With their offense and how their defense pops you in the mouth, they are going to win a lot of games.
"[Wolfpack quarterback] Russell [Wilson] is the man. They are going to win some games with that boy. I love the way he plays. They've got all the keys to be a top team."
Herbert's player host was Wolfpack defensive tackle LeRoy Burgess. Like Herbert, Burgess attended a junior college before enrolling at NC State.
"He's a cool dude," said Herbert. "He was telling me how if you come in and work hard you can get the playing time."
Joining Herbert in Raleigh was City College of San Francisco teammate Jarrell Harrison. A safety, Harrison also holds an offer from NC State, and Herbert stated that Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien mentioned the duo could come in and make an impact in Raleigh.
"Coach O'Brien talked with me about coming in and being an impact player," said Herbert. "With Antoine Holmes and Keith Willis leaving, there is a spot for me to come in and play right away. They run a pro-style defense and have a lot of coaches on the staff that either played or coached in the NFL so they are going to help you get better.
"Coach said that if he can get me and Jarrell in there it could help them become ACC champions."
Herbert played his prep ball at Fairfield (CA) Armijo High School and planned on attending Army. However, after Bobby Ross left he elected to attend prep school and City College of San Francisco.
He originally chose Tennessee over Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin. After the coaching change, it appears that he is focused on three schools with two potential trips looming.
"I've got three schools I'm looking at real closely in NC State, Arkansas, and Florida," said Herbert. "With Tennessee going through what they are going through, I'll probably talk to them but right now I don't know more than that.
"NC State definitely made a big impression on me. I've got Arkansas next weekend and then Florida after that. I believe signing day is around December 17th so I want to have a decision as soon as I can."
A mid-year enrollee, Herbert will have three years to play two seasons.