Michigan Wolverines: Mike Weber

Notebook: Columbus NFTC 

June, 1, 2014
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The top prospects from all over the Midwest came out to perform at the Columbus NFTC. When you gather that much talent in one place, it’s only natural that a lot of recruiting news will follow.

ESPN 300 linebacker Justin Hilliard was one of five prospects who earned an invitation to The Opening, and Hilliard discussed whether or not he has narrowed his top-five down even further.

He was one of many uncommitted recruits who made news on the day, as did running back Mike Weber, defensive end Jashon Cornell and offensive lineman Matt Burrell.

Those prospects became targets at the camp for some of the committed recruits on hand. One of the main targets was No. 1-ranked running back Damien Harris, who will soon have news of his own.

List to narrow for Harris

Hail to the Grammar Police

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More and more schools have stepped up their game with the mail they send to prospects. Plain ol’ notes on a school letterhead are so 10 years ago. Top programs have hired graphic artists to create some stunning designs and unique recruiting pitches to help standout from the crowd.

But in the case of the University of Michigan, maybe they should also hire a copy editor.

Mike Weber, the nation’s No. 152 prospect and a highly coveted in-state prospect, said he received the above note from Michigan. The design, a replication of ESPN The Magazine, definitely is eye-catching, but so is the typo advertising Weber as Michigan’s “All-Amercian RB.”

Despite the error, the Wolverines remain very much in contention for Weber, the No. 2 player in Michigan. Weber also lists Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Tennessee as his top teams.
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Michigan and Ohio State went in different directions on the field this past season, with the Buckeyes competing for a Big Ten championship and the Wolverines trying to regroup.

Both teams are looking to add firepower to their rosters, though, and the rivals will definitely be battling on the recruiting trail for 2015 prospects. Ohio State will be targeting quite a few Southern prospects, but there are still some overlapping targets for fans to keep an eye on. Here is a look at where each school stands.


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Here is a look at some of the top performances from Big Ten targets and commits for the week.

Illinois:
Mike Dudek: Dudek helped Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.) beat O’Fallon 38-7 with three touchdown catches on the night.

Julian Hylton: The three-star running back had 159 yards on 30 carries with four touchdowns in his game. He helped lead Lincoln-Way North (Frankfort, Ill.) to a 41-6 win over Thornton Fractional South.

Indiana
Coray Keel: The Indiana commit and Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett wide receiver registered five catches for 108 yards and scored a 70-yard touchdown in a 30-28 win over Snellville Brookwood.


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Plenty of prospects were in attendance to see Michigan State beat rival Michigan in East Lansing on Saturday. The game was pretty lopsided, but in such a huge win for the Spartans there was a ton of excitement around the weekend.

Plenty of Michigan State commits were on hand to see their future team win, including linebacker Chris Frey Jr. (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington).

The three-star commit had a message to Michigan fans after the game.



Defensive end commit Enoch Smith (Chicago/Mt. Carmel) also had a few words for Michigan fans, who have referred to the Spartans as their little brothers.

"Do you hear those chants....little sister, little sister," he tweeted, as the crowd chanted those words.

One of the bigger commits on campus was ESPN 300 wide receiver Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan Catholic), who was on an official visit.



It seems as though Pitt and Wisconsin are high on his list, but this visit might have helped Michigan State get into the conversation for the No. 269-ranked prospect.

ESPN Junior 300 offensive lineman George Brown (Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods) also made the trip to East Lansing. The No. 208-ranked prospect in the 2015 class said he enjoyed the visit.


From Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin grabbing a commit, to Penn State receiving great news on the recruiting front, to Ohio State playing host to some big-time official visitors this weekend, Big Ten storylines were everywhere this week.

Here’s a look at a busy time in this week’s Big Ten storylines:


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The opening weekend of college football and the beginning of a fall evaluation period means there is plenty to talk about in recruiting. Here is a look at what happened this weekend in Big Ten recruiting:


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Michigan State started its 2015 class off with a bang by landing a commitment from an in-state prospect on Wednesday.

Quarterback Jayru Campbell (Detroit/Cass Tech) tweeted that he committed to the Spartans while on a visit to East Lansing. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound signal caller held offers from Notre Dame and Eastern Michigan, but ultimately chose the Spartans.

Campbell had been talking up Michigan State recently, but the Spartans initially weren’t his favorite. It was a recent hire by coach Mark Dantonio that helped land the local prospect.


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With Michigan's annual barbecue being held on Saturday and Sunday, WolverineNation gives you a quick primer for the event.

The history of it: It’s one of the few carryovers from the Rich Rodriguez era, and it has been a successful event in the past for the current Michigan coaching staff. We’re seeing more and more college coaches present these laid-back events in order to give recruits a different feel for a visit.


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The summer camp season proved to be exciting, as it always is. Here are 10 things we learned through this summer.

1. Camp will always be a proving ground

The 2014 class will only have about 18 members, so when Michigan headed into this summer’s camp with 10 commitments, it was unsure how many camp offers would really exist (especially considering how many highly-ranked guys had, and still have, interest in Michigan). But for guys like Brandon Watson (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy) and Freddy Canteen (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian Academy), camp was all they needed. Their performances there were enough to garner offers. Sooner rather than later, those two turned those offers into commitments. And it wasn’t just true in the 2014 class. Offensive lineman Jon Runyan Jr. (Philadelphia/St. Joseph’s Prep) became the Wolverines' third commitment in the 2015 class after he proved himself at camp and picked up and offer.

2. The barbecue in the Big House is still … big


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Since 2008, Detroit Cass Tech High School has sent 10 of its football players to the University of Michigan. Wolverines fans think of the Technicians as locks to Michigan and a pipeline school.

That probably isn’t for naught, as Cass has produced a lot of athletes that end up choosing Michigan. Head coach Thomas Wilcher is a former Wolverine himself, so that only adds to the fans’ sense.

Adding to that, in the same period of time Ohio State has signed exactly zero prospects from the Detroit school. So when 2014 Cass Tech defensive back Damon Webb came along, naturally Michigan fans were excited.


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For a kid who thought he was a basketball player, defensive end Joshua Alabi (Detroit/Cass Tech) has done very well for himself on the football field. Alabi, the No. 51 player in the country for the 2015 class, at one point decided he wasn’t even going to play football anymore.


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Every Thursday our writers sit down to discuss a few topics in and around Michigan sports. With Tom on vacation this week, WolverineNation editor Bob McClellan joins the conversation to look at The Opening, freshmen and other varsity sports.

1. Of the 2015 offers, which prospect do you think should be No. 1 overall in Michigan's war room?


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Recruiting Roundtable: Camp surprises? 

June, 24, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Tom is on vacation this week, but before he left, we sat down to hash out a few recruiting topics. We didn’t invite in any outside writers this week, but we did throw in an extra question for good measure. This week, we look at the 2014 class and Michigan’s football camp.

1. Do any of the 2014 commits remind you of any current Michigan players?


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Region Series Quick Hits: Midwest 

June, 11, 2013
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Quick Hits is a look at the must-know facts for each region in regard to Michigan and its football recruiting efforts. It will give you an idea of the Wolverines’ history in that region, as well as what one can expect from that region over the next few seasons.

MIDWEST

1. How many players on Michigan’s roster are from the region?


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