Recruiting & Scouting

Big 10 Conference cleans up in Michigan on National Signing Day, earns LOI's from some of state's best

Football   | Jeff Dullack

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Detroit – When Mike Weber made it official and announced he would be attending Ohio State next year, it capped off a day where the Big 10 landed some of the best talent from across the state of Michigan with its most coveted prize sealing

Weber, a 4-star running back, considered to be the best prep football player in the state, will be joining teammate Josh Alabi, who has been committed to Ohio State for some time now.

Weber said that one of the selling points for him to go to Ohio State was the Buckeye’s offensive system, which is similar to the offense he played in at Cass Tech.

“It’s a good fit because the system they run is the system I ran in the last four years,” he said. “And their program reminded me a lot of Cass Tech, so that’s why I made the decision.”

Alabi was obviously excited to see his teammate and good friend join him down in Columbus.

“We talk about it all the time, I’m glad to have him with me,” said Alabi, smiling as he reached out and grabbed Weber, putting the running back he spent the past four years blocking for under his arm. “It’s going to be amazing, I got to play with him at Cass, block for him, play with him, talk to him all the time, it’s just a good feeling.”

Detroit King’s Kyonta Stallworth, a 4-star offensive lineman, who has been committed to Michigan State since August of 2013 will be joining teammate and close friend Tyriq Thompson, who is already enrolled in East Lansing.

“The coaching staff and it’s a great family up there,” said Stallworth. “They do everything the right way, they have great people in the building academically and Coach Dantonio is all about business.”

Michigan State also received National Letters of Intent from Jackson Lumen Christi 3-star Khari Willis, who did much of his damage from the running back position in high school, but is expected to play safety for the Spartans, as well as Orchard Lake St. Mary’s defensive back Tyson Smith, who is the second Eaglet defensive back to head to East Lansing in as many years as former teammate Jalen Watts-Jackson just finished up his freshman season with the Spartans.

Michigan swooped in late on Tuesday afternoon, flipping Brother Rice receiver Grant Perry, who was originally committed to Northwestern, but a late offer from the Wolverines swung the 3-star receiver to head to Ann Arbor, where he’ll join teammate and quarterback Alex Malzone, who is already enrolled. Brother Rice defensive end Jack Dunaway is also going to be playing for the Wolverines as he accepted a preferred walk-on spot.

Like Malzone, Saginaw Herritage’s Brian Cole is already enrolled in Ann Arbor, Cole is a 4-star athlete, who is expected to get looks as a wide receiver.

Minnesota perhaps made the biggest splash in the state of Michigan, landing Southfield defensive backs Dior Johnson and Ray Buford, who has been committed to the Golden Gophers since the fall, as well as Grand Rapids West Catholic tight end Bryce Witham, who gave his verbal commitment back on January 16th.

Johnson was a late addition to the Golden Gophers recruiting class as he decommitted from Wake Forest and committed to Minnesota on January 28th.

Farmington Hills Harrison linebacker Michael Ojemudia received a late offer from Iowa and jumped on it, committing to the Hawkeyes late in January.

Ojemudia noted that having the chance to play for a Big 10 school in Iowa is something he’s always dreamed of and has watched his older brother, Mario, who plays defensive line for Michigan, have that opportunity and he’s excited for his chance.

“I’ve always wanted to play for a Big 10 school,” said Ojemudia, who added that the Hawkeyes were the first program out of the Big 10 to recruit him. “I see my brother play in the Big 10 and I know I can play with the competition. To have a chance to play in the Big 10 is an honor.”

As a senior, Ojemudia recorded 110 tackles and 10 sacks from his linebacker position for the Hawks.

Ojemudia, originally an Eastern Michigan commit, said he’s obviously excited to come back to Michigan as a member of the Hawkeyes when they travel to Ann Arbor where he will lineup across the field from his brother, who he said gave him some advice throughout the recruiting process.

“I’m really excited for the game, coming back home. I can’t wait to play against the hometown team and my brother. That’s going to be exciting,” he said.

“He (Mario) said don’t rush your decision,” said Michael. “Take visits to those schools and whatever place you feel like home is your choice is what he told me.”

Northville offensive lineman David Moorman had been committed to Wisconsin since May, but finally made it official on Wednesday when he signed and sent his National Letter of Intent to the Badgers.

West Bloomfield defensive lineman Eddy Wilson committed to Purdue in mid-January and also made his decision official on Wednesday.