November 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Allen Trieu

Cass Tech RB Mike Weber closes in on decision; MSU in strong position

Detroit Cass Tech's Mike Weber outruns the Detroit King defense during the PSL championship, won by Cass Tech, on Oct. 25. (Bryan Mitchell / Special to The Detroit News)

One of Michigan State’s top targets in the 2015 class is Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber, and he created a stir last weekend when he wrote on Twitter that he is set to make a decision.

“Ready to commit,” he said, “just waiting on my dad.”

Popular opinion puts the Spartans in the lead for the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Weber. He has visited East Lansing several times throughout the last year, most recently for the Spartans’ win over Purdue in October. He and his father, Mike Weber Sr., also have a close relationship with Director of Player Development Curtis Blackwell that predates his position at MSU.

Weber, who holds offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee and others, is looking to visit East Lansing again in the coming weeks, potentially for Wednesday’s basketball game against North Carolina. Weber Sr. has been on visits to multiple schools with his son in an effort to help him find the best situation.

“First of all, we are looking for a good academic fit for him to make sure he gets a good education,” Weber Sr. said. “We are looking for the right fit for him to make sure he can get on the playing field and make a difference. I just want him around the right folks; have people around him that I know has his best interest.”

Weber is coming off a spectacular junior campaign for the Technicians. He led them to the state semifinals, rushing for 1,659 yards and 24 touchdowns. Knowing he will have a similar opportunity to carry the ball in East Lansing is another part of what has the Green and White on his short list.

“They show a lot of love down there at Michigan State,” he said. “They run the ball a lot. They won when I went down there, so I really am considering them.”

Young visitors for Minnesota game

Michigan State has its final regular-season game on Saturday and a large group of underclassmen will be in attendance. That group includes a pair of 2016 receivers -- Mount Pleasant High’s speedy sophomore Kalebb Perry, who had a big season this fall, and Midland Dow’s Mike Robb, a sure-handed 6-foot-6 youngster. Eriq Torrey, a long, athletic junior defensive back and running back, will make the trip in from DeKalb, Ill., to attend the game as well.

Darius Slade confirms

Scout.com’s Brian Dohn made it out to see Montclair (N.J.) defensive end Darius Slade last weekend and the 6-foot-4, 235-pound pass rusher told him what many already knew -- that the Spartans are in strong position.

“Michigan State is actually my No. 1,” he said, adding that he will visit Nebraska this weekend before making a decision. He will play in the state title game on December 7 and is looking to make his choice before then.

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Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan State recruiting column appears every Friday at detroitnews.com. For more on MSU recruiting, visit michiganstate.scout.com.