Interview by Sam Webb, story by Josh Henschke
Michigan's offensive line board is quickly starting to run out of spaces but that won't stop the coaching staff from courting other players.
Despite being committed to Alabama for over a year, 2017 four-star offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood would like to look around and take unofficial as well as official visits later this year.
In the coming weeks, Leatherwood hopes to plan to see Miami, LSU, Florida and Florida as unofficial visits. Meanwhile, he has three official visits locked in, one, of course, will go to Alabama. While the other two will be in part to distance limitations.
"I'm checking out these schools but a big part of the reason why I'm taking an official visit is because I just can't get up to these schools," Leatherwood told The Michigan Insider. "Distance and stuff like that. Aside from USC, I did take an unofficial there and I liked it so I am going to take an official. The University of Michigan I'd like to see."
Leatherwood is interested in the Wolverines because of two major members of the coaching staff that will have a large influence on him if he were to pick U-M. Head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Tim Drevno are two people that stick out to Leatherwood the most when asked why he has interest in U-M in the first place.
"Just coach Harbaugh and coach Drevno really," Leatherwood said. "(Drevno) has a lot of NFL experience and he has a good rep. (Harbaugh) is just an entertainer, he's just a cool dude."
Leatherwood plans to have things wrapped up by December 17, the cut-off date for early enrollees planning to commit to schools so they can enroll in time. When asked the major factors of his decision, Leatherwood says the coaching staff he intends to commit to will play a major role.
"Relationship with the coaching staff, the opportunity that I have and my position coaches coaching style," he said.