Little but lethal

Little but lethal

Veteran Vol fans surely remember Terence Cleveland, a pint-sized receiver from Sweetwater who averaged a whopping 17.1 yards per catch as a four-year letterman at Tennessee from 1986 through '89.

Now there's another diminutive wideout from the same area on the Big Orange radar. That would be Tre Herndon, a 5-10, 161-pounder from East Hamilton High of Chattanooga. Though only a rising sophomore, he showed advanced enough skills at Tennessee's June camp to earn the Most Improved Receiver Award.

His pride was obvious as he grasped the trophy.

"I feel good, excited," he said.

Herndon said he liked "everything" about the UT camp, adding: "I learned a lot. The coaches were great and everything else was good."

The young receiver seemed almost a little awed by Vol head coach Derek Dooley.

"I shook his hand," Herndon noted. "He's a nice guy. I like him."

Like most of the prospects who visit Tennessee's campus, Herndon was blown away by the sheer size of Neyland Stadium, along with the Haslam Practice Field, the Neyland-Thompson Indoor Football Complex, the spacious strength and conditioning area and the Gibbs Hall dormitory.

"The facilities are great," the young man said, nearly gushing. "The dorms are great. I liked the indoor and outdoor fields."

In addition to Tennessee, Herndon says he's interested in Florida State and Florida, adding: "I'm originally from Detroit, so I like Michigan, too."

Although he still has three high school seasons to play before signing a college scholarship, Herndon already knows the key attributes he's looking for in a football program.

"A good facility," he said, "with good coaches where I can learn."

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