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March 3, 2014
Michigan Preps Recruiting Roundup
Big news for Student athletes and high school sport fans in the state of Michigan was announced over the weekend. A long standing MHSAA rule made it so athletes who participated in national all star games, like the Army All American game or Under Armour All American game, would not be eligible to partake in any more sports as a high school student. This rule was finally changed and will allow student athletes who participate in national all-star games to remain eligible to partake in winter or spring sports.
The rule change will be beneficial in countless ways for both fans and athletes. It will now allow the state of Michigan's best athletes to showcase their talents at the national level, without the loss of eligibility. It will also create for a more competitive MHSAA, since some of the state's best athletes will now be able to participate in more individual and team sports.
Over the weekend many in state prospects attended junior days held at several big universities.
Detroit Cass Tech sent several players down to the University of Tennessee including 2015 RB Mike Weber, 2015 OL Joshua Alabi, and 2016 OL Mike Onwenu.
Weber, who was just listed as Michigan Prep's number top player in the initial rankings, lists the Volunteers in his top group along with Michigan, Michigan State, and Wisconsin. It was Weber's second time down in Knoxville and Tennessee is in as good of shape as anyone in the quest for his services.
Weber's teammate Joshua Alabi enjoyed the trip so much that it vaulted Tennessee to the top of his list along with Michigan State. The familiarity was only one of the things that stood out to Alabi. When asked what the most important criteria for his choice would be, he stated "Academics, playing time and what my parents think about my school."
Butch Jones, the former Central Michigan University head coach, is making a huge push in the state of Michigan. He is familiar with the area and has built up relationships with many Michigan high school coaches. Look for Tennessee to continue making its presence known in the great lakes state.
Jones' former stomping grounds, The University of Cincinnati, also played host to a few instate prospects. Headlining the list was Northville OL David Moorman. Moorman checked in at number 8 on Michigan prep's initial instate rankings. He noted that the visit went "great."
Two prospects from Livonia Churchill made the trip down to UC as well. QB Brian Alsobrooks, and OL Matt Skibinski.
Skibinski is a name that will be reoccurring throughout the spring and summer as he is beginning to fetch D1 offers. The 6'5" 270lb prospect just fielded a Toledo offer and will be visiting Western Michigan, Toledo, and Central Michigan. Indiana and Rutgers are also eyeing the offensive lineman prospect.