Commitment Capsule: Mike Weber

Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) running back Mike Weber gives Michigan an all-around back who can catch the ball out of the backfield.

Mike Weber profile

Committed to:

Pos Rank: #13 RB
State Rank: 2
5-9 | 210
Running Back
Detroit (Mich.) Cass Technical

His Recruiting Story:
Weber was a phenom in junior ball and was expected to step in and be an immediate contributor at Cass as a freshman. A season ending injury kept that from happening, but he made up for lost time as a sophomore, helping the team to a state title, rushing for 190 yards in the championship game. Almost immediately after that game, the offers began coming in. Illinois and Syracuse were the first two and Michigan and Michigan State quickly followed. As a junior, with a full, healthy offseason, Weber was even better, rushing for nearly 1,700 yards and 24 touchdowns. His offer list continued to grow with Ohio State and Wisconsin among the schools jumping in. In the off-season, Miami (Fla.), USC and others would throw their hat in the ring as well. After attending The Opening and visiting USC, he came back home and attended Michigan's BBQ at the Big House. After nearly committing on that visit, Weber took a little more time to think and just over a week later, made his intentions to be a Wolverine official.

"When I was little I loved Michigan. Then I still loved Michigan. But when the other guy (Damien Harris) committed, I kind of put my head down towards it. But after I went there [for the BBQ] it's back to where it had been when I first even thought about Michigan."

Where We've Seen Him:
vs. Saline (2012), vs. Detroit Catholic Central (2012), Max Ex Combine (2012), Adidas Invitational (2012, 2013), Sound Mind, Sound Body (2013, 2014), vs. Southfield (2013), vs. East English Village Prep (2013), Columbus NFTC (2014), The Opening (2014)

Scouting Report:
Weber's style is best described as "slashing," but he has proven to be an all-around back. He's a compact kid, not real tall, but stocky. He's a good north-south runner who shows good vision, burst and ability to find creases and accelerate through them. Last season, his first where we felt he was truly healthy through an offseason and into the season, he showed much more explosion than he had as a sophomore. As far as long speed, he may not be a 4.3 type track star, but is capable of running away from defenders and getting the corner. However, he's at his best between the tackles. He's a very good pass receiver who is very comfortable running routes and catching the ball. We have not had a chance to see him in pass protection much. While he may not be known as a power back, he runs hard, runs with attitude and finishes his runs. In the open field, he's more of a straight ahead guy than a make you miss type elusive runner.

Overall: Weber established himself as not only one of the state's, but one of the nation's top backs last season. He is a good all around back who gives Michigan a combination of downhill ability that they want, but also the versatility to catch the ball out of the backfield. With the Wolverines running out of more traditional sets and Cass going primarily out of the spread, he will have to get used to lining up directly behind the quarterback and potentially with a lead blocker more. However, we believe he has the tools to compete early in his Wolverine career.

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