A summer verbal commitment to Michigan Wolverines, commenting on his trip to see Coach Gus Malzahn’s program, Herbert said, “My entire family loved it and I?loved it. It was really great, I could say.
“Now I am definitely considering Auburn much more than I would have if I didn’t come,”?he added.
Asked if he is still committed to Michigan, the U.S. Army All-American offensive tackle said he is, but noted he is still considering four programs.
“Auburn is up there for me,” he said. “I am still looking at Miami and Florida, but those are two schools including (Auburn).”
Herbert said that he plans to talk to continue to talk to the coaches at his four finalists before sitting down with his parents before making a final decision. “I plan to pray about it,” he pointed out.
“I am definitely going to commit before national signing day or reaffirm my commitment if I?decide to choose Michigan. I?am not that guy that does the hats. That’s not me.”
Asked what will be the most important factor for his decision, he said, “How the academics are going to be at the university I choose along with relationships I build with the coaches.
“Some coaches promise you a starting job, some coaches will make you work for it,” he said. “At Auburn, obviously I am going to have to learn from some of the older people. I would have no problem if I?have to redshirt or anything of that nature and play my redshirt freshman year. I am good with that, but I know I am coming for a (starting) job.”
An honor student with a 4.0 grade point average, Herbert said he is interested in studying kinesiology.
Making his first visit to Auburn since he was a 10th grader, Herbert said that freshmen Broadarius Hamm and Derrick Brown were his player hosts. “The whole weekend it was just a family type feel.
“We went to Coach Malzahn’s house, a beautiful house, and played some games and everything. We fished by his lake and everything was cool.”
Herbert also spent time with offensive line coach Herb Hand. “He is a really good coach,” the tackle said. “From the conversations I had with him I can tell he is not only someone who looks after you for football, but for life. too.”