There is no denying the talent in Jacksonville that will take the field this fall. Numerous prospects from the area have already committed to play Power 5 football beginning in 2020.
Sandalwood tailback Kyjuan Herndon is one of those prospects. Sunday, he announced his intentions to head to Oxford and play for the Ole Miss Rebels.
“My commitment to Ole Miss came about because I was able to go up there and I was able to talk to the coaching staff up close and face-to-face,” Herndon told 1010XL about his decision. “I was also able to see for myself how I would fit in at Ole Miss. I checked out the town and I just felt great about Ole Miss.”
“It feels great knowing that I’m committed to Ole Miss and that I’m able to be a Rebel. To be able to play in a big conference like the SEC and play against teams like Alabama is great and I can’t wait to be standing on the field on game day because I’m just ready to play.”
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound tailback committed to Ole Miss over offers from Duke, Purdue, Virginia Tech and others. Herndon is one of numerous athletes at Sandalwood who have already committed to play major college football.
“I just feel like since we have so much talent, our expectations are very high this season,” Herndon said regarding Sandalwood. “I expect us to do great things. Not just be average, but be great. We have worked hard every day to get where we are at and it’s going to show on the field this year.”
The Class of 2020 has the chance to be one of the best recruiting classes to ever come out of Northeast Florida.
With Herndon’s commitment to Ole Miss, he joins Mandarin quarterback Carson Beck (Georgia), Sims, Robinson, Trinity Christian defensive back Miles Brooks (Georgia Tech), and Fletcher offensive tackle Bradley Ashmore (Vanderbilt) as high profile local prospects to announce their college commitments.
Herndon was asked if being a member of potentially the best class ever in the area is something discussed among the prospects.
“Oh yeah, all the time, and that was even before all the offers started coming,” Herndon said. “We would say how we are going to be one of the best classes and now it’s really showing.
“I feel like the 2020 class is the best class and we are just blessed and will keep developing and become great.”
With the addition of Herndon, Ole Miss now has four commitments for its 2020 recruiting class.
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