Fans of college football recruiting, particularly in the state of Michigan, are aware of the steady stream of talent that comes out of Detroit Cass Tech. Vernon Gholston (Ohio State, 2005), Joseph Barksdale (LSU, 2007), and a host of Technicians-turned-Wolverines have carried on the recent tradition of the school sending players on to the highest level. The 2012 class alone featured seven players who signed with Division-1 colleges.
At such a talent-rich school, the natural inclination is always to look at who's next, and while the 2013 (Michigan-bound cornerback Jourdan Lewis and offensive lineman David Dawson, among others) and 2014 (cornerback Damon Webb, a trio of top linebackers) classes are already well-known, the 2015 class - outside of Jayru Campbell - has remained something of a mystery. That won't be the case for long, with running back Mikey Weber set to burst onto the scene this fall.
"Mikey is special," said Technicians defensive coordinator Jermain Crowell. "I can't wait, the whole team can't wait. He was a freshman, he came in with Jayru. He got hurt during the summer, and he wasn't able to play last year."
Although he didn't hit the field as a freshman, Weber is excited to see what he can do for the defending state champs as a sophomore. With threats like Campbell, Lewis, and Webb on the offensive side of the ball, the opportunity could be there for rushing numbers to be racked up.
"I want to rush for a lot of yards, score a lot, and mostly just help the team," said Weber. "We're the state champs, and the most important thing for me is to help the team win."
According to Crowell, Weber has a skillset that should allow him to do just that. Standing 5-10, 190 pounds, the rising sophomore is physically advanced beyond his age. The fact that he has been timed at 4.47 second in the 40-yard dash at that size is all the more impressive.
"I don't know what's going to happen with Mikey this fall," Crowell said. "He's just a tenth grader, already 193 pounds. He's got the best hands on the team, he can kick, can punt, can throw the ball.
"He's one of the fastest guys, if not the fastest kid on the team," Crowell said. "Delano [Hill, Iowa safety commit] is the fastest kid on the team that we know of, but Mikey runs with Delano. So, he's special."
Weber, admits that Crowell's evaluation of his speed, at the very least, is accurate.
"Yeah that's accurate," he said with a sheepish grin.
Weber's skills are not in question, and it's only a matter of time before he bursts onto the recruiting scene this fall. Fully healthy - and playing at one of the Midwest's powerhouse programs - the attention will come with time. He's already taken matters into his own hands, going on an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this spring.
"I went on a visit to Notre Dame," he said. "I've seen their campus and stuff, and they showed me around. I talked to them. They told me to just keep my grades up and stuff, and just play hard, and they're looking forward to looking at me in the future."
Weber hasn't heard from any other colleges yet, but don't be surprised if he gets attention from Michigan down the road. After all, the Wolverines have earned commitments from five Technicians in just the past three years, including Weber's older teammates, Dawson and Lewis. Although those pair certainly would love to see Weber join them in the winged helmet a few years down the road, they've been very fair in giving him recruiting advice.
"They never say anything about [specific] schools," Weber said of the duo. "They told me to just keep my head up, keep my grades up, and just go out there and play football. Then, it'll come."
As has been the case for many Technicians in the past, Weber might have to wait his turn. However, don't be surprised when he racks up big yardage for Cass Tech in 2012.
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