Wolverines First Offer for Alabi

Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) sophomore defensive end Josh Alabi picks up his first offer, one from the Michigan Wolverines.

When Joshua Alabi was pulled out of English class today, he thought maybe he was in trouble, or he had done some wrong. Little did he know, he was about to be told about his first offer.

"One of the teachers got me out of my room, Ms. Taylor, and thought I was in trouble at first. She told me we're about to get Mikey and we went to the office and saw Coach Crowell speaking to Ohio State and he said that people from Michigan were there. We went downstairs to the arena and the track and then Coach Jackson from Michigan was on the track. We went to weight room and Crowell came up and said they offered you."

The 6'5, 245-lb Alabi played varsity as a freshman last season, but this was really his breakout year at both defensive line and offensive tackle. Even with that great year, this offer still came as a bit of a surprise, and one he is grateful for.

"It was great experience. It was my first offer, so any offer would have been good. It's a blessing to have one because a lot of people don't have that chance. I'm a sophomore being offered by Michigan, so it was a great experience and great feeling overall."

When Alabi broke the news to his family, that's when the celebration really began.

"My mom was real real happy and my dad, he was happy too. My mom took me out to get whatever I wanted to eat and then my dad sat down and talked to me and my sister was happy because she's a senior and she's trying to go to Michigan. She's applying right now. My friends been calling me and telling me congrats."

The Buckeyes, who were in school today, are another BCS program already interested in Alabi.

"I'm hearing from Ohio State. They haven't offered yet, but I'm hoping they will."

As for future visits, Alabi said, "I might go to one of Michigan's basketball games. I might visit Michigan State. I want to go to Ohio State, Michigan. I want to visit Notre Dame and I want to go to Penn State too."

Still, none of those are the program that Alabi watched extensively growing up.

"Growing up, I really loved Florida. The Gators, I love them."

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