Gators Continue to Impress Four-Star Tackle Kai-Leon Herbert; Herbert has a Timeline

Kai-Leon Herbert returned to Gainesville this weekend. The four-star offensive tackle discussed his return trip to The Swamp and his decision timeline with Scout's FightinGators.com.

Florida continues to impress Kai-Leon Herbert

"Everything was great as usual," said the four-star offensive tackle after his visit to Gainesville. "Every time I go up there everything is always good. I just talked to the coaches a lot more this time."

Herbert returned to The Swamp on Friday night to see the Gators in action in the Orange and Blue Game in front of 46,000 fans. "It was a great environment for a spring game; it was an amazing turnout," Herbert said.  "It wasn't like a game atmosphere but it as definitely something to look at."  

The American Heritage offensive lineman has visited Florida many times before, however, this time he wanted to focus his attention on the progress the team has made. 

"I wanted to see how the tackles played," he said. "David Sharpe and Fred Johnson did good, did great and Sharpe is a cool guy to look up to." 

Although the No. 4 offensive tackle in Florida did not get a chance to speak to Sharpe, he was able to connect with offensive line coach Mike Summers

"Talked to coach summers about the offensive line in general, and how they are going to need some help in the tackle position." 

He was also able to get in some time with Gators head coach, Jim McElwain

"Coach Mac is a cool guy," he said.  "Every time we talk it's not about football, but this time in particular he was just asking me about how I feel about the school and how I feel about the game. It was all just great." 

The connection he has with the Florida coaching staff is the main reason the Gators remain at the top of his list. 

"The relationship with coach Mac, coach Summers and [linebackers] coach [Randy] Shannon, it's a relationship that has been building ever since I got the offer, " said the Plantation, Florida native. "Just every time I go up there it feels like home. It's a family atmosphere for me and it's a great vibe. The players stick out from other players when I'm there." 

At the end of March, Herbert announced his top ten. The Gators remained his leader, with [in no order] Miami, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Louisville, Ole Miss, LSU and Duke all still in the race to land the highly touted offensive lineman. 

"I will be announcing my commitment to any school sometime during spring or sometime before my senior year," he said. 

As his decision nears, Herbert is looking at a few things before making an announcement. 

"Just really how I am going to fit in once I get into college. Is the school going to be for me? Is the school going to fit me the way I want it to? Is the education going to be there for me? Is the atmosphere going to be a family-like atmosphere? Are the coaches going to care for me how they should; are they just going to toss me to the curb?" 

Herbert has not planned any more visits at this time. 

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