PLANTATION, Fla. — The Florida Gators could have two of the top offensive linemen from The Opening Miami Regional on their roster in 2017.
UF commit Kadeem Telfort won OL MVP at last weekend’s camp and offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert got invited to The Opening, an annual combine for the nation’s top recruits at Nike world headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Afterward, Herbert told SEC Country his relationship with offensive line coach Mike Summers and area recruiter Randy Shannon puts Florida at the top of his list.
“I’m real close with them,” Herbert said. “They want me, but they’re not trying to rush me into a commitment. They tell me to just keep doing what I do and get better.
“If I do commit there, that’d be amazing. Staying in my state and being not too far from home is big. I like the academics at Florida and just everything about the school.”
Herbert also likes UF quarterback commit Jake Allen, who earned an Elite 11 invite at The Opening Miami Regional. The Fort Lauderdale products were teammates at another area high school as sophomores.
“I talk to Jake every other day,” Herbert said. “He wants me to commit. I’m actually going back up there in the spring with him. He used to be my quarterback when I was at Cardinal Gibbons. That’s my boy. Like, I’m definitely going to go to Florida.”
Asked how sure he is that he will go to Florida, the 6-foot-4, 277-pounder said, “60 percent.” He views two out-of-state schools as the biggest threats to UF.
“Louisville told me I could come in and start right away if I earn it, and they graduate their players in three and a half years. Tennessee just has a great atmosphere and I talk to the coaches every week,” said Herbert, who also likes LSU and Ole Miss.
He plans to make a decision after his senior season. ESPN, Rivals and Scout each rank him as a top-300 overall recruit with a four-star rating.
— The Opening (@TheOpening) March 6, 2016
— Kai-Leon Herbert (@KHerb17) March 7, 2016