Recruiting & Scouting

Despite negative press, Ohio State will continue to recruit well in Michigan according to Harrison coach John Herrington

Football   | Scott Burnstein

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Ohio State’s football program might have some fences to mend at Detroit Cass Tech after the Mike Weber post-Signing Day situation.

But don’t expect coach Urban Meyer’s manipulation of Weber’s recruitment to result in any negative consequences for the defending National Champions down the road in scouring the Detroit area for prospects.

Meyer and his staff will lose little if any luster with in-state recruits, according to longtime Farmington Hills Harrison coach John Herrington, owner of a record 13 state titles.

“Kids see National Championships and being first-round NFL Draft picks and most of them have short memories, they won’t even remember this next year,” Herrington said. “And as far as coaches, they want what’s best for their players and their players’ futures. Meyer has a proven track record. I doubt anybody will be shutting any doors on him or his staff when they come calling in the future.”

Weber was the prize 2015 recruit in this state. Michigan felt jilted when he chose the Buckeyes and not the Maize and Blue. After Weber signed with OSU, Weber’s main recruiter and would-be position coach in the program, Stan Drayton, bolted for a job with the Chicago Bears the next day.

Despite knowing of his intention on leaving Columbus for the pros, Drayton kept it hidden from Weber, spurring vitriol in the public reactions from Weber and Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher. Weber and Wilcher expressed their displeasure with the way things had transpired.

Weber and Cass Tech lineman Josh Alabi signed with Ohio State on Feb. 4. Originally, Weber was committed to U-M.


Greetings from the SEC


Members of Alabama’s football program came to Michigan last week and extended scholarship offers to Ann Arbor Skyline’s Daelin Hayes (linebacker-running back) and Cass Tech’s Mike Onwenu (offensive lineman). Both are consensus four-star recruits.

State Champs ranks Hayes (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) as the No. 1 player in the state for the class of 2016. Hayes committed to Southern California last August. He transferred to Skyline (finished 0-9 in 2014) at the semester break after splitting the first semester of the school year between St. Bonaventure in California and Cass Tech. As a freshman and sophomore Hayes was at Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

In addition to his recent Alabama offer, Onwenu (6-3, 310) holds offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Miami (FL), N.C. State and Illinois. Most scouting services peg him the top offensive-line prospect in the state's Class of 2016.

Bloggers in Knoxville are reporting that Tennessee is getting close to nabbing its second standout running back from Metro Detroit in as many months. Southfield junior running back Matt Falcon is said to be leaning towards committing to the Volunteers soon, perhaps before the end of the March. Tennessee signed Oak Park running back John Kelly on Feb. 4.

Hoosier hysteria

Indiana rolled out several scholarship offers to local football recruits last week, and big-time recruits from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s were at the forefront. St. Mary’s receiver K.J. Hamler, linebackers Josh Ross and Dwayne Chapman and receiver-cornerback Richard Bowens made the trip to Bloomington together, took in a Hoosiers basketball game and toured the football facilities.

All four are sophomores.

“We all had a great time,” Hamler said. “They treated us like family.”

Hamler and Ross each received a scholarship offer from Indiana. Its Hamler’s sixth in the past six months. Ross already has offers from Michigan, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

In addition to Hamler and Ross, the Hoosiers also offered a scholarship to Donnie Corley of Detroit and Farmington linebacker David Reese. Corley is the top-rated receiver in the junior class and currently boasts two-dozen offers from FBS programs.