His pride was obvious as he grasped the trophy.
"I feel good, excited," he said.
Herndon said he liked "everything" about the UT camp, adding: "I learned a lot. The coaches were great and everything else was good."
The young receiver seemed almost a little awed by Vol head coach Derek Dooley.
"I shook his hand," Herndon noted. "He's a nice guy. I like him."
Like most of the prospects who visit Tennessee's campus, Herndon was blown away by the sheer size of Neyland Stadium, along with the Haslam Practice Field, the Neyland-Thompson Indoor Football Complex, the spacious strength and conditioning area and the Gibbs Hall dormitory.
"The facilities are great," the young man said, nearly gushing. "The dorms are great. I liked the indoor and outdoor fields."
Although he still has three high school seasons to play before signing a college scholarship, Herndon already knows the key attributes he's looking for in a football program.
"A good facility," he said, "with good coaches where I can learn."