Michigan has its first road game this Saturday, which means no visitors. Nonetheless, the recruiting trail is hotter than it’s ever been following last week’s wild weekend.
Kai-Leon Herbert wanted to visit last week
Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage 4-star offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert committed to Michigan back in the summer. Herbert had been a Florida lock for almost all of his recruitment, up until about two weeks before his decision to commit to Michigan.
But since about a month after his commitment, he’s been a little quiet in his “social media endorsements” of the school. Most of the other commitments have been vocal during Michigan games on Twitter, and actively recruit. Herbert, though, has been largely silent, and then visited Gainesville for Florida’s opening game of the season. That put everyone in panic mode.
While it’s obvious that he’s considering the Gators, Herbert offered some optimism on his commitment to the Wolverines.
“(People) think I’m about to decommit? Not that I know of,” Herbert said. “I was actually supposed to visit for the Wisconsin game. But I tried to do it and it was too late.”
Herbert’s desire to visit with all of the other uncommitted linemen in attendance shows he wants to a part of this class. Not only that, he is trying to get his teammate and fellow 4-star offensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton to commit to Michigan with him. Slaton remains a Michigan favorite.
Herbert said the two will be taking an official visit to Michigan this season. They visited together in the summer, a few weeks before Herbert committed.
Donovan Peoples-Jones visiting Florida, and what that means
Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones is the most well-known name in Michigan recruiting this season. He’s been the Wolverines’ top target since Day 1, and will continue to be until he announces in early December. Peoples-Jones is an early enrollee, meaning that the school that lands him will get him in for the winter semester and in spring football.
Both Michigan’s side and Peoples-Jones’ side remain confident he will wind up in Ann Arbor. The biggest threat is certainly Florida, as it has been since the Gators offered.
He loves the warm weather and leaving the state to start a new chapter is an enticing option. But Peoples-Jones, whose father is a surgeon in Chicago, has indicated that he values education perhaps as much as any 5-star recruit in the country. Specifically, he’s thinking a medical education, which also happens to be Michigan’s No. 1 selling point to him. He toured the medical school in Ann Arbor this summer, and it blew him away. Michigan’s on-field performance is also helping reel him in.
The visit to Florida was expected. But, his interest in Florida isn’t as high as it once was, and his interest in Michigan seems to be at a peak right now.
We’ll see if the Gators make up ground, but he still sounds like a future player for the Wolverines.
The overwhelming positivity from last Saturday
Pensacola (Fla.) 5-star recruit Alex Leatherwood, Lexington (Ky.) 4-star recruit Jedrick Wills and Aledo (Texas) 4-star recruit Chuck Filiaga were the three offensive line visitors from last weekend that weren’t considered to be taking Michigan too seriously.
But Leatherwood, an Alabama commit, Wills, an Alabama favorite, and Filiaga, a USC favorite, are reportedly seriously considering the Wolverines after the visit. Leatherwood sent out this tweet saying that his visit to Michigan was the best one he’s had yet.
Tbh my Michigan visit it was by far the best visit I've ever been on. Best fans and an amazing city I'll definitely be back ???〽️ #GoBlue
— Alex Leatherwood (@Alskee_) October 4, 2016
That’s including his visit to the school that he’s committed to, by the way. Wills also sent out a tweet, a minute before Leatherwood’s, saying much he loved his visit. Both said they would return. Filiaga told us that the visit excited him, and he feels really comfortable with Michigan’s staff, especially Jim Harbaugh.
There’s a long time left, about four and a half months, for them to make up their minds. A week ago, all three weren’t really considered to be seriously thinking about Michigan. But now? The Wolverines have become a thorn in the side of Alabama for Leatherwood and Wills, and could be seriously coming up on a struggling USC program for Filiaga.