In a bit of shocking news on Wednesday night (Aug. 6), the Michigan Wolverines picked up their tenth commitment of the 2015 recruiting class when four-star running back Mike Weber (Detroit, MI) verbally pledged to the school after a visit to Ann Arbor.
Weber is another player that Brady Hoke and the Wolverines were able to land ahead of their rivals, Michigan State and Ohio State.
The running back position has been the biggest storyline of this cycle so far. Michigan came back from the dead to bring him in, and he is a perfect fit in their pro-style offense.
See the skill set that Weber brings to the table after the jump.
He is the 14th-ranked running back in the nation and the second-ranked player in the state of Michigan.
Weber is a very nice combination of both bulk and speed. His listed height is a bit generous at 5-10, but he is built like a tank at 205 pounds. He looks the part of a physical power runner.
Even though he is a bigger back, he has fantastic speed for his size. Back at Nike’s The Opening camp back in July, he reportedly ran a 4.5 forty-yard dash. Watching his tape, I wouldn’t call him a burner by any means, but his speed is certainly deceptive. When you see him as a player, you would not think he has the second gear that he does, which is very solid.
Weber is a north/south runner who has good vision and can make cuts quickly.He also displays a good stiff-arm and can break tackles. He is a patient runner who waits for an opening and can accelerate through it. Weber has good burst through tight spaces and can get the tough yards when need be.
Perhaps the most underrated aspect of Weber’s skill set is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He is not a one-dimensional player at all. This kid can do a little bit of everything.
In time, Weber has the ability to be an every down back for the Wolverines. He absolutely looks ready to play at the next level, but he will have some stiff competition ahead of him in Derrick Green, De’Veon Smith and Ty Isaac. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier wants to build a stable of backs much like what he had during his time at Alabama and having a kid like Weber in the mix shows the program’s commitment to that philosophy.
Not only will the Wolverines of the future have the running backs stated above, but they also have brought in other very talented prospects on offense in quarterback Alex Malzone, tight end Chris Clark, and athlete Brian Cole, who looks like he will be a great offensive weapon for them. It’s hard to knock the skill players Michigan is bringing in on that side of the ball.
With the commitment of Weber, the ceiling is very high for the Michigan offense for years to come.
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