Recruiting: OL Kai-Leon Herbert commits to Miami Hurricanes

Kai-Leon Herbert (247Sports)

Kai-Leon Herbert (247Sports)

The Hurricanes added a big piece to their recruiting class Wednesday when offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert, a former Michigan commit who backed off that pledge this week, said he will play at Miami.

Herbert, listed at 6-5 and 285 pounds, is a four-star recruit from Plantation-American Heritage. He was scheduled to visit Florida this weekend, but told 247Sports he canceled those plans.

“God works in mysterious ways,” he wrote on Twitter. “This recruiting process has been hectic, I have to admit. … I have decided to close my recruitment and remain in my home state.”

Herbert visited UM last weekend and is shown in this photo with fellow recruit Corey Gaynor (left) and coach Mark Richt: 

He is rated highest by ESPN, which considers him the 99th-best player in the 2017 class regardless of position, the 12th-best offensive tackle and 20th-best player in the state of Florida. Rivals ranks him 250th nationally. He is the 28th-best offensive tackle in the 247Sports composite ratings.

ESPN wrote that he “may need some time to continue to fill out, but he has a good length, bend and feet.” Among his strengths, per ESPN’s scouting report: “Smart kid who recognizes and adjusts to stunts and blitzes. Has a quick first step and the athleticism to play in space and get to the second level. Flashes the nasty, finishing attitude we look for.” Among his areas of improvement: adding bulk and functional strength, playing with the proper pad level and refining his technique.

“Herbert is a long, athletic tackle who could develop into a very good left tackle at the next level,” ESPN’s scouts wrote. “He has an extremely high upside and should be a heavily sought after prospect.

Miami’s offensive line class also includes four-star Navaughn Donaldson (Miami Central High) and three-star Iowa native Zach Dykstra — both of whom enrolled early — along with Gaynor, a center from Parkland-Douglas High, and Georgia-based tackle Zalontae Hillery.

The Hurricanes’ group of 21 commits is rated 13th nationally by the 247Sports composite ratings, and second in the ACC behind Florida State.

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