2017 Pensacola, FL (Washington) five-star offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood is currently committed to Alabama and has been for a few months now. However, just because he is committed doesn’t mean he isn’t keeping his eyes open for other schools.
Leatherwood, is committed to the Crimson Tide, but he is still talking to multiple schools. One of those schools that he is in heavy contact with is Michigan and offensive line coach Tim Drevno. He is also in contact with USC, Miami (FL), LSU, and Florida.
“I am solidly committed to Alabama, but I’m considering other schools because of the fact I haven’t seen many,” Leatherwood informed me about his recruitment. “I am talking to other schools, like Miami (FL), USC, Michigan, LSU, and Florida. They all have good offensive line coaches with great traditions, programs, and a need for tackles. Bama is at the top of the totem pole and everyone else is trying to climb to the top, but there side-by-side with shoulders bumping each other. So, there all on the same playing field as of interest.”
Michigan offensive line coach Tim Drevno has been in heavy contact with Leatherwood. Drevno, went and visited the Alabama offensive tackle, Thursday afternoon. After talking to Tim Drevno his interest in Michigan has spiked and The Wolverines appear to be the number two team behind Bama.
“Michigan is a GREAT program with an even better head coach and is making exponential growth in the right direction as shown in last year’s season, “ Leatherwood said about Michigan. “I am in contact with him (Tim Drevno) everyday. He’s a easy coach to talk to. We talk about nothing in particular either me being apart of the Michigan program or just casual conversations we have a good relationship.”
Adding: “Michigan in my recruitment is a person looking for a home and sees a house on the outside that looks very nice and habitable, but has yet to be explored inside, or “deeper”. I have yet to take a visit or meet any of the coaches before, only communication has been via Twitter or call. Michigan is a viable option because I like Michigan, it’s a great school, and I have a good relationship with the coaches. Depending on how a visit goes and how spending time face-to-face with the coaching staff goes I could end up there. This is why it’s viable.”
With the heavy interest in Michigan and the heavy recruitment from the Michigan coaching staff. Leatherwood plans to visit Michigan this summer and in the fall for an official visit. However, he said it will be difficult for a summer visit, but he will try. In addition, all the schools that he is considering will get an official visit, but there are six schools he really likes and only five will get a visit from him.
“Michigan will definitely get an official, but I’m gonna try to make it up there before then. As for a summer visit, not sure exactly when. It is 15 hours away in a vehicle. Whenever it becomes possible. They’re six schools with only five spots to be filled, so whoever gets those five official visits from me will be my top five. I’m a midyear guy too so all of officials will be made during the season.”
The Wolverines appear to be close behind Alabama for Leatherwood, and they also appear to be ahead of the other schools in contact with Leatherwood. If Michigan can get him on campus, which he plans to, Michigan has a great shot here.
– Shane Kinnee (Lead Recruiting Reporter)