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Where does Michigan’s offensive line class stand following the Chuck Filiaga commitment?
Now that Michigan has wrapped up the 247Sports composite’s No. 98 overall prospect in 4-star OT Chuck Filiaga, two questions still remain on the offensive line.
Let’s answer those in today’s notebook.
Who’s left for Michigan to target on the board?
There aren’t many options left on Michigan’s big board, including a short list on the offensive line.
Here are the names left.
4-star OG Tedarrell Slaton: Once a heavy Michigan favorite, Slaton had complications with taking the ACT, which led him to not being able to take an official visit to Michigan. Those factors have nearly scratched the Wolverines off a list they used to sit atop. The Florida Gators are now the heavy favorite. I, along with 20 others, have put in a 247Sports crystal ball for Slaton to join Florida.
3-star OT Mekhi Becton: Michigan could probably pass on Becton, due to the five tackles it recruited this year, but, it’s been known that the staff wanted a high volume of offensive line commits this season. Becton is the top target left with the staff accepting that Slaton will likely be ending up elsewhere. But there is a big reason the Wolverines have shifted their focus to the 6-foot-7 Becton, and that’s due to a wavering current commitment that we’ll get to in the next question.
Becton, for now, should end up as a part of this 2017 class.
Where is Kai-Leon Herbert going to end up?
The status of Michigan commit Kai-Leon Herbert has been unsettled since late summer. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has been flirting hard with other schools, primarily Florida, for the entirety of his commitment to Michigan that he had made in July.
Herbert visited Michigan in the fall, and it was his parents’ first time on campus. Family possibly resonated big time in Herbert’s recruitment. The Gators’ pitch has a lot to do with being closer to home, and having mom and dad come watch. That’s why he’s been so torn.
When his parents came to Michigan, they were enamored with the program, the tradition and Jim Harbaugh’s staff. Days removed from that visit, it seemed back to normal for Herbert to sign to Michigan in February.
But a pattern I have always noticed with this recruitment is time. Once Herbert visits Michigan, he walks away loving it, head over heels committed, and he will speak publicly and privately about that. That’s why he committed fresh off his first Michigan visit in the summer, and that’s why he shifted after his visit in November. He loves it in Ann Arbor, and his parents do, too, but that’s easy to forget when a home-town school like Florida is chasing after you harder.
It’s pretty well known the Gators are recruiting him harder. After all, Michigan shouldn’t have to recruit a player who has already committed. The job should be done. But with Herbert, it’s certainly not over.
Months removed from that Michigan visit, things have once more shifted Florida’s way.
Herbert offered these words regarding his status earlier this week.
“I don’t know. I’m just trying to make the best move for me … Recruiting is difficult.”
As far as my 247Sports crystal ball, I put a flip pick in for Herbert to end up at Florida, rather than Michigan. That’s where his family and friends reside, and, where, as mentioned earlier, teammate Tedarrell Slaton could be enrolled.
This Herbert recruitment is another big reason Michigan has shifted focus to Becton, who is a safer harbor.
The last six predictions on Herbert have been flip picks for him to choose the Gators, for what it’s worth.