Detroit Cass Tech star Mike Weber dealt Michigan’s 2015 recruiting class a serious blow when he pledged to arch-rival Ohio State last week. It was less than a month after his decommitment from the Maize & Blue and in the midst of uncertain times in Ann Arbor thanks to an ongoing coaching search. But while the decision was certainly jolting to Wolverine fans, it was certainly understandable.
Weber has a longstanding relationship with the Buckeye staff, was impressed by outstanding season turned in by Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, and heartened by the prospect of becoming teammates again with current Technician Joshua Alabi and former Technician Damon Webb. Now his future is totally set again.
Or is it?
Prior to Weber’s commitment to the Scarlet & Gray, Cass Tech coach (and former Wolverine) Thomas Wilcher was certain his star pupil would visit Michigan again before signing day.
“He still considering Michigan,” Wilcher said late last month. “He is still going to visit Michigan. But the most important thing is he is not going to sit there on his hands and just wait and see what happens, because that’s the wrong thing to do. Would you sit at home and say, ‘I hope they have a coach or I hope they get the right coach’ and let all these schools go by? No. He has to look out for himself. He can’t worry about Michigan, he’s got to worry about himself right now.”
“It’s not about the university, it’s about the child. The child’s interests are always the most important thing.”
That clearly was the mindset when Weber pledged to the Buckeyes last week. Whether that same thought process will apply when Michigan names its next coach is a major question mark. As a matter of fact it’s a question will loom extremely large if Wolverines hire Jim Harbaugh (one of Wilcher’s former teammates) or Les Miles (also a Michigan alum to whom he sent former standout Joseph Barksdale).
Even if it isn’t one of the aforementioned two it’s a safe bet that that Michigan’s new headman will do his best to lure Weber back into the fold.
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