Over the last few years, Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) junior running back Mike Weber has distinguished himself as the top running back in the state of Michigan and one of the top running backs in the country. As his senior season gets closer, the four-star All-American standout says that he could very well commit at the 2015 Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas, next January.
“At this point, I would love to commit at the Army All-American game.” Weber said. “I have always enjoyed watching other players commit on television with their family and friends and it always seems like a great and fun experience and now, I have the opportunity to do what I have always imagined.”
Now as of right now, Weber currently holds offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, North Carolina State, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Syracuse and Tennessee. However, in the last few weeks, Weber has narrowed down his extensive list of offers to five schools and those top five schools are Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Tennessee.
According to Weber, all five schools have great things to offer and he could very well see himself at either of the five schools.
“All five schools in my top five, have great things to offer.” Weber replied. “This past weekend, I visited Wisconsin for the first time and I had a great time. I got a chance to meet the coaches, the team and take a tour of the campus and the facilities. The thing that really stands out about them for me right now is the fact that they run the ball a lot and the fact that they know how to develop running backs and get them to the next level.”
“I like Tennessee for the main fact that they are in the SEC and when I think about the SEC, I think about playing a different type of football and I think about playing in a great conference and facing great competition which is something I want in the college I choose. Since Tennessee is in re-building mode, I like that I will also have a great chance to play immediately and make an impact. As far as Ohio State goes, I like that they know how to get players to the next level and that they are a competitive team who succeeds at every level of college football. They run a spread option offense which I am fine with but I am still partial to the pro style offense.”
When it comes to the home-town favorites, Michigan and Michigan State, Weber made it very clear that both schools feel like home for him and he could very well see himself at either school.
“Both Michigan and Michigan State are home for me.” Weber said. “Michigan State has truly grown into a great program on both sides of the ball over the last few years. Offensively, I like the fact that they run a pro style offense and run the ball a lot. I like that they have a good offensive line that continues to get better and there is a chance for me to get on the field quickly. Plus they also know how to develop running backs and get them ready for the next level, seeing that they have three running backs playing in the NFL right now.”
“Then with Michigan, you’re talking about one of the best schools in the country when it comes to education. Then on the field, Michigan is filled with great success and tradition. At Michigan, I would be joining old teammates which is always a plus but honestly, the main thing that stands out about Michigan right now is the fact that they now have Doug Nussmeier as their offensive coordinator and with him on the staff, I look at Michigan differently. I mainly look at Michigan differently because Nussmeier has coached at Alabama and he has coached a lot of great backs who are now in the NFL. Plus I like the fact that he is bringing in the type of offense that includes running the ball more and that benefits me.”
So as you can see, Weber has a lot to think about before committing to the school of his choice but despite some stressful moments Weber says he wouldn’t trade his recruiting experience for anything.
“My recruiting process at times can be stressful but the process has been more fun than stressful.” Weber replied. “Through this process, I have been able to visit different states and experience different cities and people. I’ve had the opportunity to visit and explore some of the top college campuses and football programs in the country and I’ve had the chance to meet some great people, whether it be coaches, trainers, reporters or other players.”
Although, Weber has a top five school list, he states that his college visits may not be over as he admits that he is looking for more offers.
“As of right now, I will be visiting Ohio State this weekend.” Weber said. “After that I will be looking to visit Florida State, who I hope to receive an offer from. I would also like to gain offers from Alabama, Florida and Notre Dame. All four schools have talented rosters and great coaching staffs. Then you add that with the fact that all four schools know how to succeed at the highest level of college football and develop players for the next level and you can see why it would be great to receive an offer from either of four.”
Besides his upcoming college visits, Weber says his main focus is on getting ready for his senior season and achieving the goals that he set for himself.
“This off-season, I’ve really been focused on improving my overall game but right now I am really focus on becoming a better blocker and even more explosive runner.” Weber replied. “After that my focus is on my senior season and going into the season, my goals are to rush for 2,500 yards, 30 touchdowns and most importantly win a state title. Anything else is unacceptable.”
“Finally, when the time comes for me to commit, it will honestly come down to what school provides the best environment and opportunities for me. The school I decide to commit to, must provide me with opportunities on and off the field. The environment of the school I choose is key as well because I want and need to be around people who I can trust and count on to help me become a better person and player.”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit