It’s not often you see a 320 pound middle linebacker, but that’s exactly what you’d see if you watch Virginia native Mike Herndon‘s highlight film. Today, Herndon became the eighth class of 2014 commitment for the Pittsburgh Panthers, continuing a recent streak of verbal commitments for Pitt.
Although Herndon won’t play linebacker for the Panthers, it’s likely he’ll stay on that side of the ball. While some schools and recruiting services see him as an offensive tackle, it appears that head coach Paul Chryst and his staff like him best at defensive tackle.
And what’s not to like? He’s agile, strong, and plays with a mean streak that can’t be taught. He plays with great leverage and has a motor that will help him on the interior. It will be a bit of a transition putting his hand on the ground, but his athleticism will help him develop quickly.
A three-star prospect according to Rivals, Herndon had drawn the interest of a number of schools in the mid-Atlantic, most notably Pitt and Virginia Tech. He didn’t receive an offer from Pitt until last week, and visited them today again on an unofficial visit.
Herndon plays in an area that is prime recruiting territory for ACC schools. Perhaps the move to the ACC helped the Panthers, because after weighing his options, Herndon pulled the trigger and gave his verbal commitment to Pitt.
It’s been a busy week for the Panthers on the recruiting front. After getting off to a slow start, they have added seven commitments in the last week, building momentum as they head deeper into the summer evaluation period.
The latest is an intriguing prospect because he has the physical tools to play a couple of different position at the collegiate level. Unfortunately, it won’t be middle linebacker.
B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed @coachlip on Twitter.