"Continues to purdue" is an awesome typo.
Exit: Kai-Leon Herbert
Herbert's commitment video lives on, at least.
Scout's Corey Bender reports that four-star FL OT Kai-Leon Herbert has decommitted from Michigan:
— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) January 22, 2017
Since committing to Michigan in July, Herbert has taken multiple visits to both Miami (YTM) and Florida; he took an official to Miami this weekend and will OV to Florida next weekend. His recruitment should come down to one of those two in-state schools. Herbert's departure probably ends any (very outside) chance M had with teammate and four-star OG TJ Slaton.
Herbert's decommitment leaves Michigan with 26 commits in the 2017 class and five on the offensive line. Four of those linemen—Chuck Filiaga, JaRaymond Hall, Joel Honigford, and Andrew Stueber—could potentially play tackle, and M may need one of them to step into the lineup as soon as this upcoming season. Michigan continues to pursue three-star VA OT Mekhi Becton, whose Crystal Ball is trending in the direction of Virginia Tech. The rest of the linemen on the board are long-shots at best, so if the coaches aren't content with five OL in the class, some new names could emerge.
Or was it a typo? .. perhaps purdue-ing is the act of flipping a 3*.
Originator of the act of "purdue-ing"....
Honigford. I think he will develop into a great OL, he is very athletic.
I think they should double down on Becton now. And any other even feasible OL recruits they've hosted. I think we need to take 7 OL this cycle - minimum!
I'm just glad this one isn't the unforeseen dong punch Hamilton was last year. I'd have been shocked if Herbert had signed with M after the way thiings had been trending. Just wonder if the staff had been feeling the same and kept lines of communication open with other OL?
Becton is trending pretty heavily to Va. Tech. And I don't think there are many other targets that they are in on. Will likely just be Ruiz, Filiaga, Hall, Honigford, and Stuber at this point. Maybe they take a flier on some random, but that's probably it.
Not great, Bob.
Take an educated flier is what I'm saying - I can think of a half dozen OL that played signifcant snaps for M in this century that were late adds/oversights. I just can't think of their names!
Of course maybe that's a part of the problem.........??!!
Some were ok-ish to good though:
Huyge is first to come to mind, but on the '03-'06 years there were some long term starters that were fliers I believe - and those were good teams!
I'll have to head over to Bentley if no one can fill in my mental blanks who I'm thinking of?
EDIT: OK, In addition to Huyge there's Lentz, Pearson, Bihl, Kraus, Henige, McAvoy, Ortmann - can't recall maybe Ortmann was fairly highly recruited, but I'm sure the rest were class filler that started upwards of 10 games in their careers.
We've got schollies, we need bodies
Yeah, that's why the 2016 OL class has me annoyed. There is so little depth on the OL that they are 2 injuries away from total disaster. Only grabbing 3 guys each of the last two years was bad. You can pin some of the OL depth/talent issues on Hoke, but Harbaugh shares responsibility in that now too.
The number of freshman and sophomores that are going to be populating the starting lineup on the OL the next few years is crazy.
Milan, MI OL Michael Furtney just visited Wiscy this weekend. I'll take any OL they're after, especially right in M's backyard!
There must be others...
He's in the class of 2018
another expert that is pissed off because coaches didn`t do things the way he thinks they should be done. where is your great personal knowledge and insightfullness come from?
I'm far from an expert. Just a dude looking at a depth chart and previous recruiting classes and putting two and two together. And I'm fairly certain if you asked Harbaugh if he wished he would have recruited more OL in 2015 or 2016, he'd say yes.
Doesn't take an expert to see that.
You should run this by Jim.
Considering the 2017 OL will have 1 upperclassman starter, and will likely be starting another true freshman (or maybe two), yeah....I'm sure Jim is equally annoyed with the way 2016 (and to a lesser extent, 2015) OL recruiting went.
I think he started or played this year at Maryland as a frosh.
Will Likely is transferring in? Surprised he's still eligible.
Will Likely likely to stay at Maryland. Will Will Likely likely transfer? Not likely. Will Will Likely listen to his will, which likely wills him to remain. Willingly.
Hopefully his academic issue gets straightened out.
Poor Mekhi Becton getting Purdued. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
see ya buddy, thanks for the funny commit video that turned out to be a complete waste of time.
Dude, he's in high school - do you really think he considers that video a waste of time?
Looks like they had a gas making it...
I know we knew this was coming but what was the reason he was trending away?
for hyphenated names.
And if there isn't a hyphen limit in place, through some oversight, there will be one soon. Can't have Michigan taking advantage of loopholes in the rulebook!
$EC is working on making a limit. Think of the kids.
He theoretically committed to M expecting his teammate Slaton to follow suit, but he never qualified to even make an official to M. So now they'll prob both stay in Fla, play together maybe?
About that is, I bet they don't end up playing together.
Based on inside info, or just based on, like, the Universe and stuff?
has yet to quailfy, and will probably be at a JC next year.
I thought you couldn't take any visits if you didn't meet the right grade requirements?
a standardized test. You have to provide both a transcript and your test score.
Some schools won't let let you visit if they don't think you'll qualify, but that's up to them. If you have a really bad score on the SAT/ACT, it's probably better not to give it out. I'd guess that's what's happening when you hear recruits haven't taken the SAT yet late in the process.
continues to purdue
Regardless, poor Rutgers undead guy!
Looking for early playing time is coming our way.
Kinda glad this happened. He was terrible in the camp clips I saw.
Right, because of all the better OL we have cued up ready to sign!
I'd rather have someone that might actually contribute eventually.
Any names in mind?
You ok? Didn't mean to upset you. Wanna hug?
he has offers from FSU, Wisconsin, USC, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia and Auburn. I'm surprised none of those schools have offered you a job with your keen eye for OL talent.
How do you know what Harbaugh has lined up? He got some pretty great players late the past two years. If he wants another OL, he'll get it and it won't be a "filler" guy. Have some faith in Harbaugh. This Herbert guy is over rated.
He did look pretty weak in those camp clips. Worse he looked like he didn't have any fight. Maybe Harbaugh did suggest he look elsewhere.
After watching that video I don't feel this was a loss at all. It's not sour grapes to acknowledge he is so physically inferior that it's questionable if he could ever contribute.
Yeah, he was terrible. The d lineman threw him around like a rag doll. I'm glad I did watch that because I do feel better.
He looked like one of the worst if not worst OL in that video, consistently got beat and badly too.
Ruiz and Filiaga looked good, especially Ruiz. I could see an OL with Ruiz at C and move Cole over to OG where he will probably be in the NFL