Within the 2017 class, Michigan’s top target is the offensive line. The coaching staff has been recruiting and pursing many 2017 offensive linemen throughout the country. However, Michigan is trying to land and build a stronger relationship with a highly-rated 2017 offensive tackle in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (American Heritage) 4-star OT Kai-Leon Herbert.
I was able to talk with Herbert about Michigan, his recruitment, opening invite and current leader.
“I haven’t seen Michigan in person, but from what Nick Eubanks, my former teammate, tells me it’s amazing,” Herbert said. “I’m just starting to talk to Coach Drevno more and more. I have really started to build a better relationship with Michigan and Coach Drevno.”
When Jim Harbaugh was hired by Michigan, the first coach he went after and got to join him at Michigan was Tim Drevno. Ever since Drevno was brought in by Harbaugh, big-time offensive linemen from all over the country have really showed a lot of interest in The Wolverines.
“Coach Drevno is a cool dude and a great coach,” Herbert informed me. “His NFL experience is really something and a factor that I have noticed. We stay in-touch and talk to each other once a week or so. After talking to him for a few weeks, I can tell that he is really excited for what the future holds.”
Herbert plays at American Heritage High School, which is located in Southern Florida. Well, Michigan has some experience with landing recruits from Herbert’s high school. In the 2016 class, The Wolverines landed his former teammate, Nick Eubanks. Herbert informed me that his former high school teammate has been recruiting him to Michigan.
“It would be awesome to play with Nick at the next level. Nick playing at Michigan definitely makes a big difference for me. He isn’t pressuring me to commit to Michigan, but he is telling me Michigan is the place to be and it would be awesome to play together again.”
The Wolverines are still very high up on Herbert’s board and he has told me multiple times that Michigan is still a “legit threat” in his recruitment. However, as of right now Florida is his leader in his recruitment.
“Florida is currently the leader in my recruitment. They are my leader because of the great relationship I have with the coaches and the great family atmosphere in Gainesville. I am also still very high on Louisville, Tennessee, Ole Miss, LSU and Michigan.”
Although Florida is his leader, Michigan could make up some major ground in the summer because Herbert plans to take a visit to Ann Arbor sometime in the summer.
“I plan on visiting Michigan sometime in the summer, I don’t have an exact date, but I will definitely visit Michigan in the summer. It will be nice to see Nick again and just hangout with him up there.”
Within the last few weeks, The Wolverines have made up a lot of ground on Herbert. The coaching staff will have to just keep on staying in touch with him and showing Herbert that he is a major need for the coaching staff.
“I just have to keep talking to Michigan and building a relationship. It just comes down to relationships with Michigan, and if my relationship keeps growing with The Wolverines, they will be in good position with me.”
A few days ago, Herbert attended the Miami Opening and he had a great day and played very well. His stellar performance led to an invite to the 2016 Opening and he was named the MVP of the offensive linemen.
“It’s honestly a great feeling! I’m just so happy that I got invited, I am still shocked. I think I played well, I lost my first two reps in the OL vs. DL drill, but after that I settled down and dominated.”
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)