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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Michigan puts out more 2015 offers

By Chantel Jennings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan doubled its 2015 offers in stopping at just one school, going from two to four offers in the matter of a few hours. And both offers show where the Wolverines want to improve greatly over the ensuing seasons -- in the trenches and run game.

Not only did 2015 running back Mike Weber (Detroit/Cass Tech) pick up an offer Tuesday, so did his teammate, 2015 defensive end Joshua Alabi (Detroit/Cass Tech).

Alabi was surprised by the Wolverines' offer -- which is his first -- and said he grew up a fan of Big Ten football, mainly Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.

"It is very exciting," Alabi said. "I've been working very hard and I knew this day, when I got an offer, would come around, but I didn't know how soon it was going to be. It's a great experience because it's Michigan."

Alabi was a big contributor on Cass Tech’s state championship team this season and spent time learning from Cass Tech linemen such as Michigan OL commit David Dawson, Michigan State OL commit Dennis Finley and defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs.

Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said he wasn’t surprised by Alabi’s offer, because the 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman has been so coachable and hard-working.

“He has good height and size,” Wilcher said. “We put him at everything: defensive end, defensive tackle, offensive tackle. He has that range and he’s only in 10th grade.”

What was even more exciting for the rangy sophomore than being offered by a school that has so many Cass Tech players and commits was being offered on the same day as one of his classmates -- Weber.

"Its's real crazy," Alabi said. "I'm with Mikey all the time. We're real close, he's like my brother. It's really nice to do this together."