"I committed to Vanderbilt for a lot of reasons," Herndon explained to VandyMania.com. "Everybody talks about their great education and that was reason number one. A degree from Vanderbilt is a huge blessing that will take me far in life. It's not too far from home in Chattanooga, but it isn't too close either. The coaches have treated me like family whenever I've been there. All of them I have a good relationship with. especially Coach Shoop, who was my recruiter, and I think Coach Franklin is amazing. The combination of going to a great academic school and getting to play in the best conference in the nation is a dream come true. There wasn't any reason for me to continue looking at other schools."
Herndon also had offers from Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Memphis, MTSU, Northern Illinois, and UAB. He said he began being recruited by Vanderbilt in the spring but was only offered recently.
"Coach Shoop came to my school during track season," Herndon said. "He wanted me to come to camp and kept in contact with me through email and Facebook. I went to two camps [at Vanderbilt]. One was in June and one was last Monday. When I was there in June, they told me to come back and that there were some things I could improve on. I couldn't leave it like that. I had to come back and show them I can improve. They offered and I sat down with Coach Franklin on Friday and made my commitment.
"Right now I'm being recruited at defensive back. They like my versatility and think I can play either cornerback, safety, or nickel. They like my physicality, how I can get up and make big hits which lead to big plays. They also mentioned they like my ball skills like the way I can deflect and intercept. Mainly they like how physical I play in jamming the receiver up and how I do in man coverage."
East Hamilton finished 11-2 last season falling in the quarterfinals of the Tennessee 4A playoffs. This season the Hurricanes will move up to Class 5A and Herndon says they'll be ready for the challenge.
"We're going to be pretty good this year," he said. "I'm happy that I'll be able to relax both on and off the field now that I got my commitment out of the way. I'll still feel the pressure of being an SEC cornerback, but I'm not going to be out there thinking I have to do this or that in order to get more offers."
Herndon is has started at East Hamilton since his sophomore year. He took All-Area honors as a junior. Also a track star, Herndon returns kickoffs in addition to playing in the secondary and says he may handle some punt returns as well in the coming season.