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Four-star offensive lineman Kai-Leon Herbert chooses Miami over Gators

On Wednesday night, the Hurricanes secured their fifth offensive lineman in the recruiting class of 2017 when Plantation American Heritage’s Kai-Leon Herbert committed to the Canes.
On Wednesday night, the Hurricanes secured their fifth offensive lineman in the recruiting class of 2017 when Plantation American Heritage’s Kai-Leon Herbert committed to the Canes. ctrainor@mamiiherald.com

The University of Miami needs offensive linemen.

On Wednesday night, the Hurricanes secured a good one when Plantation American Heritage offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert committed to the Canes via Twitter.

Herbert, listed as 6-4 and 279 pounds, had been committed to Michigan since July, but decommitted after making an official visit to the Miami campus this past weekend.

He is rated four stars by rivals.com (No. 25 offensive tackle) and 247Sports (No. 28), and 99th in the ESPN300.

Herald recruiting correspondent Peter Ariz wrote Monday that Miami sources were “feeling confident with their chances a few months back, but Herbert had been trending in UF’s favor for a few weeks.’’

Herbert had a trip planned to visit Gainesville and the Florida Gators this weekend, but canceled it, according to Canesport.com.

UM now has 21 commitments. Herbert would be Miami’s fifth new offensive linemen, two of whom -- Zach Dykstra of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Navaughn Donaldson of Miami Central -- are already enrolled for the spring semester.

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