A change of scenery and almost 2,000 yards on the ground has put Sandalwood tailback Kyjuan Herndon on many recruiting boards. Herndon, who spent his first two years of high school at Trinity Christian, transferred to Sandalwood in 2018 and not only lead the Saints on the ground, but he also got himself on the recruiting radar.
“Schools began learning about me right after this past season,” Herndon told 1010XL. “I had a great year with almost 2,000 yards and numerous touchdowns.
“The schools I’m looking at are Purdue, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, USF; I’m currently looking at a bunch of them. It’s a great feeling to have all these offers and now it’s nothing, but grind.”
Herndon, has received seven college offers since the start of 2019 alone.
Herndon like many recruits this time of year, has a specific criteria he is looking for when looking at his college choices.
“Do I feel like I’m at home? I want to be able to look inside a school and see if I really like it,” Herndon said. “Also, education. I need an education because football is limited and I’m going to need something other than football. Finally, I look at the depth of a school. I want to see where I can fit in and what type of offense they are running.”
Sandalwood is loaded with talent coming into 2019. The Saints’ quarterback Jeff Sims has already committed to Florida State and Sandalwood defensive back Jahquez Robinson has committed to Alabama.
“It’s a blessing being able to play with all this talent,” Herndon said. “Being able to compete against them in practice and being able to watch them in the games. It’s definitely a blessing.
“Coming off of last year and not being able to get in the playoffs, we want to work hard and succeed where we did not succeed last year. We want to get in the playoffs and try to win state.”
Herndon, who stands 5-foot-9, likes to mold his game from athletes who he can relate to.
“I like to mold my game after a guy like Tavon Austin, the fast, short guys because I can relate to that.”
Some of Herndon’s high school teammates have already made their commitments to college programs. Is a commitment in the near future for Herndon?
“I want to play it out a little bit and do my homework to see where I really fit in at,” he said.
Herndon plans on visiting Cincinnati, LSU and Ole Miss in the coming weeks, after which he will start taking official visits beginning in late April.
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