DETROIT--At 6-foot-4, 240-pounds, it's easy to see why Detroit Cass Tech defensive end, Joshua Alabi, has notable offers from Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Alabi, who has already taken visits to the aforementioned schools, recalled his last visit to Ann Arbor—where the budding star felt "wanted" from the Maize & Blue coaching staff.
"They just telling me they really want me and don't worry about these other colleges," Alabi said with a chuckle. "And just make the right choice. And if it is Michigan, then they're going to be happy that I came there."
Alabi said he does plan on taking another visit to Michigan's campus this summer.
"Our coaches are definitely going to take us back up there," Alabi said. "I would like to stay the night. When I go back up there, of course, I want to talk to the coaches and see how they're doing and look around some more."
Last season, Alabi helped Cass Tech win its second straight Division I state championship. His team was loaded with BCS talent, including Michigan commits David Dawson, Jourdan Lewis and Delano Hill, who are already trying to get Alabi to join them wearing the winged helmet.
"David Dawson, Jourdan Lewis and Delano Hill are always telling me in the hallway, ‘Go Blue! Go Blue!' They just tell me I should go there," Alabi said. "Like I said, nobody can influence my decision. But if I do go to Michigan, it's my choice."
Alabi Visits MSU
Alabi said he was at the MSU spring game last month and watched the Spartan's defensive line closely.
"When I was at the spring game, I saw the defense, they fast," Alabi recalled. "When I was also up there two weeks ago on a Thursday, I talked with their defensive line coach and defensive coordinator. They were just telling me it would be good if I went there and keep working hard."
As far as what Alabi is looking for in a program, he said education is the key.
"I really can't tell on the visits," Alabi said. "But my parents keep telling me to look at the education. They said to focus on when you graduate if you're going to get a job with your degree. My dad is an engineer. So I have always been into that. If I can get in the engineering field, I would, but it depends on how hard it is and stuff and my classes are."
While Alabi doesn't have any other offers, he said he would like to visit Notre Dame, Florida and LSU, to name a few.
"We're actually going down to Alabama, so I am looking forward to that," Alabi said on his upcoming visit schedule. "I want to visit West Virginia too, and some west coast schools like UCLA, USC and Stanford."
Alabi said he would like to make a decision after his junior season. In the meantime, he says he will focus on getting better for his junior season.
"My coaches just want to get faster. They telling me to lift more weights, be in the weight room all day and get my grades up. I got to play both ways, so I have to be ready for that."
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