Follow @LBeasley313There is a saying that, “sharing good news, with all your friends, can begin a domino effect.” Well I guess that saying must be true because almost an hour after Detroit King (Mich.) 2015 linebacker Tyriq Thompson announced his decision to attend Michigan State, Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) 2015 running back Mike Weber announced his decision to commit to Michigan.
Uncle Mike (@mikeweber25) August 07, 2014
Weber is the 10th verbal commitment to Michigan in its 2015 class and he joins Michigan’s two other in-state commits, Saginaw Heritage receiver Brian Cole and Birmingham Brother Rice quarterback Alex Malzone.
According to Nick Baumgardner, Weber made his commitment to Michigan after unofficially visiting campus Wednesday in Ann Arbor, making him the only running back for Michigan in the 2015 class, since running back Damien Harris backed out of his verbal with the Wolverines in January.
I must admit that I am little shocked that the four-star All-American decided to commit this early. When I spoke to him in June, he stated he could very well make his college decision at the 2015 Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas, next January.
Nevertheless, I couldn’t be more excited about Weber’s decision to announce his commitment to Michigan and I’m sure there are plenty of Michigan football fans, who feel the same way.
Weber chose Michigan over Michigan State, Ohio State, USC, along with many others that he earned offers from. While some may be surprised at his decision to commit to Michigan, I can’t say that I am, every time I have spoken to Weber about Michigan, he has always spoken very highly of them.
“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.” Weber said to me in a previous interview. “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.”
As I said before, this is great grab for the Wolverines. At 5-foot-10 and 205-pounds , Weber is already a great running back. The senior-to-be has already distinguished himself as the top running back in the state of Michigan and as one of the top running backs in the country. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that he rushed for 1,659 yards and 24 touchdowns last season as junior.
If that’s not enough, Weber is rated as the No. 10 running back nationally and the No. 103 overall player, not mention he is the top prospect in the state of Michigan in the Rivals.com rankings. My point being, that Weber will thrive in Michigan’s spread offense, under offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.
Think about it, due to his great size, strength and overall burst, Weber has no problem being a downhill runner, who can run up the middle and shed tackles. Plus, he has the speed, agility and vision, to be a play-maker in space and make his opponents look silly the open field. Then on top of all that, he also has the ability to run accurate routes and catch the ball out of the backfield.
Overall, I would have to say that the Wolverines have themselves a great all-around running back in Weber, not only can he bring great production but he is also someone the Wolverines can build around and count on to lead them for many years to come.
Keep in mind, now that Weber is committed to Michigan, Weber is completely free to focus on his senior season with the Cass Tech Technicians. While you may shrug your shoulders at that, just know that the last time I spoke to Weber, he was on the field working to get better, stating that he had high expectations for himself and his team this season.
“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 to me in a recent interview. “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.”
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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