Former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and his staff tried but were unsuccessful trying to persuade any of the top talent in the Detroit area to come play football at Wisconsin. Now Gary Andersen and his staff are trying their luck to successfully recruit Michigan's biggest city, especially Detroit Cass Tech High School.
It's understandable why Andersen and the rest of his staff want to get their foot in the door at Cass Tech considering the number of FBS athletes they consistently produce each year. This year is no different, and Wisconsin has targeted four-star tailback Mike Weber and three-star defensive end Joshua Alabi.
Both Alabi and Weber will get a chance to see the Wisconsin campus during a two-day visit to Madison when they visit with Wisconsin commit David Moorman June 14-15."I'm looking forward to the visit to Wisconsin," Weber told BadgerNation. "I've already been to Wisconsin before but it will be good to get back up there and continue to learn more about Wisconsin and build those relationships with the staff."
The visit to Wisconsin will be particularly important for Weber so he can spend time with first year running back coach Thomas Brown, who he's only met twice before.
"I really don't know him to well, but I want to continue to build that relationship," Weber said. "He seems like a good guy and he's usually the coach I hear from when we talk on the phone. The conversation's are usually about the environment at Wisconsin, the depth chart and the history of Wisconsin."
The Badgers are still looking for a commitment in the 2015 class from a running back and with Moorman making the visit with him, Weber – rated a four-star prospect and the No.14 tailback in the country by Scout.com - is expecting to hear a lot of convincing to join him in Madison.
"Most definitely, I expect him to give me a sales pitch on why I should choose Wisconsin," Weber said. "But he also knows that I want to take my time and that I want to continue to build my relationship with coach Gary Andersen. I also want to continue to meet some of the Badger players and get an idea of what there like."
"When I talk with the coaching staffs at Notre Dame and Miami, they just talk about when I could possibly come visit and meet the coaches," Weber said.
Weber would like to visit Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame and South Carolina this summer but doesn't know when those visits will take place. He also will attend the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp.
There's not one area where Weber is trying to work on during the camp or this summer, as he strictly wants to continue to improve as a player heading into his senior year.
"I just want to really try and improve my overall game," Weber said. "I want to improve my strengths and weaknesses as I try and become more of a complete running back."