The Pittsburgh Panthers had an absolutely monstrous day on the recruiting trail, as they picked up three commits and now have a total of ten commitments in the 2014 recruiting class. Pitt has picked up half of those commits recently, and Michael Herndon was one of Pitt’s three pledges yesterday. Herndon committed to Pittsburgh on a visit, according to Rivals.com’s Chris Peak. Herndon has a great connection with the Panthers coaching staff, and the three-star offensive tackle decided to pull the trigger and commit to Pitt after receiving an offer from the Panthers at last week’s camp by impressing the coaching staff plenty.
Michael Herndon is a three-star OT and ranked by the 247Composite as the 42nd-best recruit in the state of Virginia. He chose Pittsburgh over offers from the Virginia Tech Hokies, Connecticut Huskies, and a few smaller schools. Pitt was able to land Herndon over the in-state Hokies, which is huge for Pittsburgh based on location and the fact that they are an incoming ACC school and beat a current ACC school for a prospect who was supposedly leaning towards VT.
The 247Composite also views the Riverheads High standout as the 73rd-best inside linebacker prospect in the nation, and Herndon has the versatility to play at either position as a huge 6’4″, 323 pound prospect. His frame and talent definitely fit the offensive tackle position better, though, and the Staunton, Virginia prospect is ranked by Rivals as the 52nd-best offensive tackle in the country. Herndon can also play defensive tackle, so it will be interesting to see where Pitt plays him in college.