- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
Mike Weber (Detroit/Cass Tech), a 2015 running back prospect, was in South Bend on Saturday on the first unofficial visit of his college recruitment. He was there not only to see the Fighting Irish but to watch a former workout partner wearing maize and blue, Dennis Norfleet.
"A lot of recruiters talked to the me at the game," Weber said. "I really liked Notre Dame. It was nice. … And to see Norfleet on that field, playing in college, it just really made me proud of him. I made sure to send him a text before the game and say, 'Good luck.' "
The 2015 running back is hearing the most from Notre Dame, but Michigan and Indiana have also inquired about Weber to Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher.
Weber had to sit out the first three games of the season due to a groin injury, but since, he along with teammate and 2014 running back recruit Gary Hosey have taken the majority of the carries for the Technicians.
In his limited playing time Weber has rushed for two touchdowns and 100 yards, as well as picking up 40 yards receiving.
"I like to hit the hole hard," Weber said. "I read my blocks and I can catch the ball, too. I can block pretty well."
He said he modeled his game a lot after Norfleet, which made watching him play in Notre Dame Stadium even cooler, because it's something he can imagine himself doing someday, either as a part of the Irish's team or an opponent.
"We used to work out a lot," Weber said. "He taught me a lot about the position. We would always do offseason drills."
Hill has been to his fair share of college games, and Webb has been to a handful this season, so Weber was excited to be able to watch the game with people who already have the recruits' perspective rather than the fans' perspective.
He knew he'd have to watch the game differently, and he did. The score in the end didn't matter as much as what he saw on the field.
"I was just excited to be with them and experience that," Weber said. "I watched the game, but I really tried to take in the atmosphere and the crowd and the experience. But then I focused on the running backs."