Alabi Steps-up For Cass Tech, Talks Visits

2015 Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech defensive end Josh Alabi spent significant time on the offensive line for the Technicians Friday, taking on the challenge of stopping two premier defensive linemen from Southfield. Alabi talks about the big win Friday night, upcoming visits, and the team's goal heading into next week.

DETROIT—Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher needed someone to step-up Friday night in the Technicians season opener against Southfield.

Josh Alabi was his guy.

Known for his exploits and ability from the defensive end spot, Alabi slid over to the offensive line for Cass Tech, looking to add some muscle in an effort to prevent the effectiveness of the Blue Jays formidable front line of Lawrence Marshall and Malik McDowell.

"I think I did pretty good," Alabi told GoBlueWolverine. "I'm not going to lie, Malik beat me twice but overall I think I did really good. Lawrence wasn't over me that much but when he was on me I contained him.

"They came off the ball good but they weren't really as physical as I thought they were going to be. They were real hyped up but it was a good game and like I said they're great players, I'm just glad we got the win."

Standing 6-foot-5, 240-pounds, Alabi had heard all of the press clippings and smack talk put out there by both teams leading up to the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State. Overall though, Alabi did what he needed to do to help propel his team to an 18-14 win over Southfield.

"It was a really hyped game coming," Alabi said. "There was a lot of talking but I knew my team, we practiced everyday, non-stop, since camp and we didn't have a day off until today.

"Today I had to go on the offense, show my skill on offense rather than the defense, but during the season I'm going to be playing more defense. In a tough game they needed me to lock down Lawrence and Malik and I did my best and we came out with the win."

Still attempting to make an impact defensively against a speedy Southfield offense, Alabi wasn't able to make the impact he was hoping for.

"I really couldn't get in my zone on defense cause I kept coming on and off and I was cramping up," Alabi said. "But next week they'll probably take me off offense and put me back on defense so I can make some plays. This game, I did what I had to do for the team."

Alabi is scheduled to be in Ann Arbor for Michigan's season opener Saturday against Central Michigan and also will visit the Wolverines in week two for their contest with Notre Dame.

Alabi and running back teammate Mike Weber both plan to head to Michigan State for a visit in upcoming weeks and both are hoping to make it to Tennessee for a game this fall.

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