Mikey Weber was not a part of Detroit Cass Tech's first state championship team in 2011, but when the Technicians returned to Ford Field to defend their title last month it was Weber who paced their offense with 186 rushing yards.
The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Weber is just a sophomore, but rushed for 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns this fall on a team loaded with Division I talent and college programs have taken notice. On Thursday, Weber received his first two scholarship offers of the process from Illinois and Syracuse.
"When I got my first one I was real happy," Weber said. "Then, an hour later I got offered by Illinois. The day couldn't have been any better."
Weber was one of three underclassmen at Cass Tech who were offered on Thursday by Illinois. Juniors Damon Webb and Gary Hosey also received their offers from the Illini, who have former Cass Tech defensive end Kenny Nelson on their roster.
"I don't know much about Illinois, but I am going to visit their campus pretty soon," Weber said. "Getting their offer was good because I like the Big Ten and I'm sure Illinois has a good campus and good facilities."
Syracuse will go down as the first school to offer Weber. Orange running back coach and southeast Michigan native Tyrone Wheatley recruits Cass Tech and Weber followed up with him after hearing word of the offer.
"I talked to him and he said he has known me for awhile and been watching me," Weber said. "He said he liked how he could run and how I could catch and he liked me as a person."
There has been a stream of college coaches through Cass Tech and coaches from Alabama, Penn State, Ohio State and Eastern Michigan have all inquired about Weber speficially.
"I talked to the Alabama coach the other day and he brought up the Championship game," Weber said. "He said he liked my style of running and would be recruiting me heavily."