The Class of 2014 became the focus of recruiting following National Signing Day for the 2013 class earlier this month, which also means 2015 prospects have moved up a notch in importance to college recruiters.
Mikey Weber started picking up offers even before 2013 prospects could sign and the 2015 Detroit running back could be nearing another from Notre Dame.
“I’ve got to take him up there during spring ball and we’re going to go chat with Coach (Brian) Kelly and see what he has to say,” Cass Tech assistant Jermain Crowell said. “I’m waiting on Coach (Chuck) Martin to give me the schedule so we can figure it out.”
Weber already has a handful of offers and more surely on the way.
“He’s already got Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois and Syracuse,” Crowell said. “I know Coach (D.J.) Durkin from Florida is just waiting on Coach (Will) Muschamp to pass it. Coach (Aubrey) Hill from Miami texted me. Mikey is going to be big.”
And Notre Dame is one of the schools that has already made a big impression on him.
“It’s one of the places he wants to play,” the coach said. “Ever since he want up there for that little camp and he couldn’t work out, he’s been like, ‘Coach, I love Notre Dame.’ I was like, ‘Most folks do, Mikey. Most folks do.’
“The fact that he was a freshman and he couldn’t work out and they still treated him really, really well.”
Weber returned for Notre Dame’s primetime victory over Michigan in September and ended up taking home a Notre Dame towel given to him by Theo Riddick. Despite uniform rules, Weber tried to smuggle the towel onto the field with him each week for Cass Tech.
Weber is still pretty young, but Crowell knew he had this kind of potential a while ago.
“For one, whatever ‘It’ is, that’s what he has,” Crowell said of Weber. “He has good balance, he’s physical and he’s fast. He’s already like 205 pounds, he’s 5-10 and he’s just in the 10th grade. We already knew that.
“I remember seeing him when he was in the eighth grade and thinking he was going to be special. He’s been bred for it. Mikey is different.”
Weber isn’t the only 2015 Cass Tech prospect on the Irish radar as Notre Dame is also high on the list for quarterback Jayru Campbell, who has offers from Notre Dame, Alabama and Michigan State. The Irish and the Crimson Tide were the first to offer and he’s high on both, but the Spartans are working their way into the mix early too.
“He’s starting to learn about Michigan State seeing as how we went up there so much,” Crowell said. “We’ll probably try to take him to some other schools that keep asking about him.”
Campbell will be making the trip to South Bend whenever Weber does.
“He has to because he loves Notre Dame,” Crowell laughed.
Campbell was supposed to be at the Michigan game in South Bend, but was upset about Cass Tech’s loss that weekend and didn’t feel the urge to get ready to go.
“I know he’s mad at himself because all of the kids told him about the game he missed.”