Monday was a big day on the Florida Gators campus as the Gators coaching staff hosted several big time players from American Heritage High School on unofficial visits.
2017 offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert (6-4, 262, Plantation, FL American Heritage) was one of the prospects on a visit on Monday and he received some big news during the visit from the coaching staff.
“It’s great to get that offer from Florida, the facilities up there are great,” Herbert said. “Coach [Mike] Summers was great to me and Coach [Jim] McElwain was great too. I could see our relationship growing up there.”
Head coach Jim McElwain was the coach that officially offered the big offensive lineman and he had a message for Herbert.
“Coach McElwain was the one that told me about the offer,” he said. “He said that he wants me to be a part of the program up there and that he was happy to offer me a scholarship to the University of Florida.”
Every prospect reacts differently to an offer and Herbert was the same way as he wasn’t sure how to respond to McElwain.
“I was speechless when Coach McElwain told me about the offer,” Herbert said. “After a second I thanked him for the offer and told him that I was interested in Florida. Coach McElwain is a really good guy and I liked him a lot.”
Offensive line coach Mike Summers is known for being a good coach with a laid back attitude. He showed that and more to Herbert on Monday.
“Coach Summers was talking to me about the offensive scheme and he was going over some plays with me,” he said. “He was telling me how much he wants me there and how big of an impact I could make up there.”
McElwain and Summers have some help in recruiting Herbert to Florida as 2017 Florida Gators commit Jake Allen is hard after Herbert on the recruiting trail.
“Jake was my quarterback at my other school so we are good friends,” Herbert said. “He’s trying to get at me a little bit about Florida and telling me he wants me to block for him up there. I’m planning on coming back up to Friday Night Lights with him on Friday.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Herbert is a guy that could be close to making a decision as he’s very close to Jake Allen and he also likes Florida Gators offensive line coach Mike Summers a lot.