Michigan back on the map

Dearborn (Mich.) Fordson running back Ali Alaboody has had an impressive run this spring and summer.
It started by earning MVP honors at running back at the Columbus NIKE Training Camp. It then continued with a strong showing at several camps this summer, including a stop at Bowling Green where he earned his first scholarship offer.
And it looks like more could be on the way soon.
"Right now, I just have the Bowling Green offer," he said. "Central Michigan said they might offer me. I went to Central Michigan's camp. They have been talking to my coach. Central Michigan's head coach was e-mailing me telling me to keep in touch."
Alaboody is a talented player and at 5-foot-8 and 168 pounds he's got some impressive testing results.
"My vertical is a 38.5," he said. "I also run a 4.4 flat in the 40. We pretty much want to go undefeated in my senior season. I want to make a deep run into the playoffs. The whole defense is coming back this year, so we are in good shape."
"We always get really up for Dearborn High School. We play them either the fifth or sixth game of the season. We beat them last year. Our old head coach left us and went to Dearborn, and we beat them for the first time in four years last season. So that just made it better."
Along with the interest from the colleges, Alaboody has big goals for 2008.
"I want to score every time I touch the ball," he said. "I am playing punt return this year. I want to do well on special teams, too. I would love to return kicks in college. I think that's one of my strengths."