Alabi performs, talks at Adidas Invitational

Detroit Cass Tech 2015 defensive lineman Joshua Alabi showcased his skills at the Adidas Invitational on Sunday. GBW was there to check in on Alabi, as he talked about his performance, his recent visit to Ann Arbor, his interaction with the coaching staff, other schools of interest, a decision timeline and more***Video Interview W/Highlights Included***

The Adidas Invitational held at Grad Valley State University brought some of the most talented players in the Midwest—including a plethora of talent from Detroit Cass Tech.

One Technician that stood out was 2015 defensive lineman Joshua Alabi, who made a name for himself in the one-on-one competition despite being his harshest critic.

"I did alright," he told GoBlueWolverine. "but I feel I could've done better. I think I went like 4-1. I lost one. I'm not to proud about that. I know that's not too much (of a big deal). Football is played in pads. I really don't matter."

Michigan Visit

A few weeks back, Alabi took in one of his may trips to Ann Arbor to soak in a men's basketball game on campus. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder, came away impressed after his visit.

"I took about three or four visits up to Michigan," he explained. "When I went up there when they played Indiana it was a great experience. I talked to a lot of the coaches. The coaches they cool. The fans, I love the fans. Every time I go up there I have a great time."

Alabi said Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison put on a strong recruiting effort during his last visit.

"Yeah, he always talk to me like, ‘suit up for me right now, Josh,' " Alabi said. "And I talked to coach (Brady Hoke) when I went up there. I saw a lot of other recruits. Like it said, they talking to me about making the right decisions and stuff. At the end of the day whatever college is good for me--that's where I'll be going."

It's no secret that Cass Tech has sent many players to Michigan throughout the years, but despite the "pipeline" to U-M, Alabi says it won't affect his decision.

"They just telling me if I was to go there it would be great," Alabi said on current Technicians' who are headed to Michigan next season. "Of course, they're going to tell me Michigan is the better place because they're going there. I don't really have or nobody really has an influence on me. Wherever I go it's my decision."

MSU

Currently, Alabi has offers from Michigan and Michigan State. He doesn't have a favorite between the tow in-state rivals. In fact, he said he grew up rooting got both the Wolverines and Spartans. But admits, he does have a fondness for the Spartans.

"I always liked Michigan State since I was growing up. If I was to go there—that be great too. But right now, I'm not really thinking about that. I'm just trying to get my grades up.

Going Forward

What exactly is Alabi looking for in a program?

"My dad, he always tell me to make sure the academics are good," he said. "Make sure you can picture yourself living up there. Make sure the coaches you like them. And make sure if the coaches if they not doing good and they might lose their job, then don't pick that school."

As far as a decision timeline, Alabi says it will be most likely after his senior season.

"I kind of want to take all my visits and stuff so I can know exactly where I want to go. I would say signing day, probably when I'm going to make that choice."


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