Four-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert committed to Miami on Wednesday night, giving the Hurricanes 20 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class.
Mark Richt’s team are heating up at the right time, as National Signing Day is next week, and the Hurricanes have added another piece to their future offensive line.
On Wednesday night, 4-star prospect Kai-Leon Herbert committed to Miami after cancelling his official visit to Florida, which was set for this upcoming weekend.
Herbert, from Plantation, Florida, is ranked as the No. 26 offensive tackle and No. 257 overall player in the country. He originally committed to Michigan this past summer but backed off that pledge last weekend. He released a statement regarding his decision to commit to the ‘Canes.
“To new beginnings,
God works in mysterious ways. i thank my lord and savior for putting me in this position and giving me this opportunity. None of this would be possible without him. This recruiting process has been hectic. I just want to thank the programs that have given me the chance to attend their schools and have believed in me. I would love to say thank you to my entire family for not only being there when times got tough, but for helping to shape me into a young man, and for supporting me no matter what I chose to do. I want to thank my coaches and administrators at American Heritage for pushing me to be great and helping me in life. Thank you, Mrs. Joy and Mrs. Stearns for just loving me and giving me knowledge about the many difficult obstacles in life. Thank you, Coach Pat, Coach Wilson, and Coach Mario for the many lessons, hard days of work, and just the tough love. Special thanks to Coach Mike and Coach Spiva, you guys have been pushing me to be great and have been making me understand the concept of wanting to be great. All of my close friends and loved ones, thank you for supporting me in life. I love each and every one of you guys. I am glad to start this next chapter in my life, and I’m more than thankful for this opportunity. My family and loved ones always told me to trust and have faith in God. He will not steer you wrong. I have decided to close my recruitment and remain in my home state. I have officially committed to the University of Miami.”
The surplus of offensive linemen headed to Ann Arbor helped lead Herbert to backing off his Michigan pledge, but it appeared as though he would eventually end up as a Gator. The problem, however, occurred when Mike Summers left Florida to coach the offensive line at Louisville. Herbert felt uneasy about not knowing who the next offensive line coach would be for the Gators.
That left a window open for Richt’s staff to close on a commitment, and it did.
Miami now has 20 total commits in the cycle and sits at No. 14 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings.