Trieu: UM the favorite for 5-star mauler Slaton
American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, has an offensive line that averages just under 300 pounds per member. It is very likely they will all play in college. Michigan hopes two of them will be in Ann Arbor.
One, Kai-Leon Herbert, is already committed, and the Wolverines are high on the list for Tedarrell Slaton, a 340-pound five-star mauler.
“Michigan is the favorite,” said Scout’s Chad Simmons. “Slaton likes to keep to himself, a lot about his recruitment is unknown, and he could end up at a number of programs, but Michigan landed his good friend and teammate, Herbert, over the summer and that only helps Michigan.”
Slaton visited with Herbert in the summer and the two are close friends, even referring to one another as their “right and left hands.”
"With T.J. he loved Michigan," Herbert said. "He absolutely loved it. I can't speak for him commitment-wise, but I can see him coming. He's still considering Clemson and Tennessee, all those other schools. But I like my chances with him, I'd definitely love to play with my right hand again."
“Kai, that’s my left hand,” Slaton says. “He protects our quarterback like how I would. We take it seriously, hard work, dedication.”
When Slaton was at Michigan in June, he said “it felt like home.” He is likely to return to Ann Arbor with Hebert in the fall and admitted he would like to play with him in college if possible.
That does not guarantee a commitment to Michigan, but helps the Wolverines’ quest to add him to the class, and he would be a big part of the class.
“He is extremely strong,” Simmons says. “He just overpowers his opponent much of the time. He plays tackle, could be a right tackle, but projects as an elite guard on the next level.”
American Heritage takes on Miami Booker T. Washington this Friday in a preseason game that will not count in their standings.
Stanford commit still planning to visit
Sione Lund, a four-star running back from Salt Lake City Brighton, told Scout’s Brandon Huffman that he is “pretty firm” in his commitment to Stanford, but still hoped to visit other schools, including Michigan.
He was potentially going to attend the recent BBQ at the Big House, but did not make it.
"Coach (Tony) Tuioti and Coach (Tyrone) Wheatley have been recruiting me and I know I'm going to get out there," said Lund.
He is also in frequent contact with UCLA, LSU and Nebraska.
Five-star LB sets decision date
Baron Browning, a national top 25 prospect from Kennedale (Texas), has set a commitment date for Nov. 29.
Browning (6-4, 230 pounds) has Michigan in his top 10 along with Alabama, Texas, Ohio State, Notre Dame, TCU, UCLA, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and USC.
The linebacker visited Michigan at the end of June and the Wolverines remain a possibility for an official visit date in the fall.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.