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Saturday, April 6, 2013
OSU offers two Cass Tech sophomores

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State isn’t done invading Detroit Cass Tech High School.

In fact the Buckeyes are far from it.

With 2014 cornerback Damon Webb already in the fold, the Buckeyes offered two more Technicians Saturday. But this time they went to the sophomore class, offering running back Mike Weber and defensive end Joshua Alabi.

While one of the biggest moments for many of the visitors on student appreciation day was Brutus Buckeye getting laid out by linebacker David Perkins, for Weber and Alabi, the offers ranked just a bit higher.

“It means a lot,” said the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Weber. “I like Ohio State. It’s a good school, especially after today. It’s one of my top schools.”

Weber has offers from Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Syracuse, but there was something about the visit that stood out a bit more.

“I liked the campus, the facilities and the way they do things down there,” he said. “Ohio State is one of the top schools. It’s a great school.”

Alabi feels much the same way, but it was a talk with a certain former All-Pro that set the tone for him on Saturday.

“I liked meeting [defensive line coach] Mike Vrabel," Alabi said. "Not everyone gets that chance, so for me to get that chance it was awesome.”

Alabi has offers from Michigan and Michigan State to go with his one from the Buckeyes, but Ohio State really showed out for the 6-4, 248-pound Alabi.

“It’s my third Big Ten offer, but I like Ohio State, so it meant a lot to me,” Alabi said. “The practice was great. It was intense. It was a lot like Michigan. Everyone was working hard. It was real fast.

Weber is the fifth running back in the 2015 class with an offer after a sophomore campaign where he rushed for more than 1,700 yards and scored 21 touchdowns in leading Cass Tech to its second straight state championship.

Alabi is the first defensive end offered. He is versatile enough to play offensive tackle as well.