Cass Tech's Donovan Peoples-Jones is only a rising sophomore but already has received offers from Ohio State, Miami, Penn State, North Carolina and North Carolina State. (Bryan Mitchell / Special to The Detroit News)
Detroit – Detroit Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said eight of his players have already received scholarship offers from FBS schools, including 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive end Joshua Alabi, who picked Ohio State over Michigan, Michigan State and a number of others on Friday.
Wilcher said four-star running back Mike Weber will wait until the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 3 in San Antonio to announce his decision.
Weber, who rushed for 1,659 yards and 24 TDs last season, averaging 13.3 yards per carry, has a top-five list of Michigan, Michigan State, USC, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
Cass Tech won consecutive Division 1 state titles in 2011 and 2012, then lost to Detroit Catholic Central in a state semifinal last year.
Ohio State and USC have landed some big recruits from Michigan, with Cass Tech defensive back Damon Webb an incoming freshman with the Buckeyes this fall, and Alabi joining him next year.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s junior Daelin Hayes, a four-star linebacker, committed to Southern Cal Saturday, picking the Trojans over Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
“Weber plans on announcing his decision at the Army All-American Bowl in January, but I thought he (Alabi) was too,” Wilcher said.
Wilcher said he attended camps with numerous Cass Tech players this summer, gaining exposure for the players, with several returning home with scholarship offers. The camp circuit included North Carolina, North Carolina State, Miami, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.
Michael Onwenu, a four-star, 6-2, 320-pound junior nose tackle / guard, received an offer over the weekend from Michigan. He also has offers on the table from Miami, North Carolina State and Ohio State.
“We talked to coaches and the kids showed what they could do, gained some exposure,” said Wilcher of the trips, which started June 18.
Demetric Vance, a 6-foot-3 junior receiver, got an offer from NC State, and junior defensive back Lavert Hill came back with many offers, including Michigan, Ohio State and Miami. Wilcher said Hill has been timed at 4.3 seconds in the 40.
Hill, a four-star recruit, received an offer from Miami June 21 and from Michigan and Ohio State last week.
And don’t forget about 6-1, 180-pound receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones who will enter his sophomore year with a handful of offers, including Ohio State, Miami, Penn State, North Carolina and NC State.
Cass Tech linebacker Michael Oliver committed to Central Michigan this past winter.
Wilcher will start practice Aug. 11 without starting quarterback Jayru Campbell. Campbell started his 57-day jail term Monday for assaulting a school security guard back in January.
Campbell, who verbally committed to Michigan State prior to the incident, has re-opened his recruitment, but Wilcher said schools who had originally offered – including Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin – now have those slots filled.
So who will replace Campbell for the opener Aug. 29 against Oak Park at Wayne State?
“We have a few guys in the mix,” Wilcher said. “Rodney Hall will be ready. He played some last year. We expect Jayru to be in shape when he gets back.”