Last September, Saint Joseph 2019 cornerback Art Herndon III made his first recruiting visit to any school when he traveled to South Bend to watch Notre Dame host Nevada.
“That was my very first visit ever so everything was kind of an eye opener,” Herndon said. “I enjoyed myself a lot. I’ve been trying to get back, but I haven't really had the time.”
The 6-foot, 160-pounder returns to Notre Dame this weekend to take in the program’s annual Blue-Gold Game.
“I'm looking to connect better with the coaching staff and just build relationships mainly just so we can get better feel of one another,” Herndon explained. “I'm hoping I could talk with the DB coach for a while for the most part, but I'd like to see how energetic the fans are. I remember the last time I was in South Bend the fans were pretty lit.”
Though he doesn’t hold an offer from the Irish, Herndon holds the program in high regard. His mother and step father will join him in South Bend.
“They are a great school for education which is always number one,” Herndon said. “Also, they have a ton of success in football so Notre Dame sits really high with me as of now.
“An offer would mean a lot to me. Knowing that all my hard work has finally paid off after being called a low talent athlete, too small to play D1 ball and tons of things, my grind has finally paid off. It would mean a lot more especially coming from Notre Dame because they are a big-name school with so much prestige it would truly be a blessing.”
Herndon is currently awaiting his first offer, but is receiving interest from multiple Power Five programs.
“So far so good,” Herndon said of his recruitment. “I get a lot of great feedback from coaches when I go on visits. Wisconsin has been the front runner but Ohio State, Michigan State have shown interest as well.”
Per Herndon, as a sophomore, he recorded 40 tackles, two interceptions and 18 pass breakups.
“I'm a student of the game,” Herndon said of his game. “I'm constantly watching film to see my mistakes and correct them. I'm also like a coach on the field. I'll direct players to where they should be if they are out of place.”
The sophomore has also been to Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin on visits so far this year.