Every week of the year, the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry burns hot. This week, it burns white hot. Every angle of this yearly matchup is analyzed, including how each football team is trying to get better.
So the Cleveland Plain-Dealer is looking at how the Buckeyes are trying to maintain a recent upper hand in the series. Writer Ari Wasserman visited Detroit Cass Tech, home of last two Division 1 state champs. It seems that ever since Urban Meyer took the job in Columbus, he’s made several trips to Cass to try to loosen the stranglehold U-M has on the school.
And it’s starting to work. Take Damon Webb for example. The senior cornerback is a four-star recruit, the top player in Michigan and an Ohio State commit for the class of 2014.
“It just felt that since I went to Cass Tech that I was going to automatically commit or stuff like that,” Webb said of the Wolverines. “When I committed to Ohio State, the next day the Michigan coaches came up to the school and tried to talk to me.
“And to this day, they still think that’s the right place for me.”
For years, many of the better Wolverines were from Ohio, including Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson. So it’s only fair, right?
One might think Cass Tech coach and former Wolverine Thomas Wilcher would try to put a stonewall up against Ohio State. But he welcomes any and all opportunities for his players.
“What is happening is great because it gives our kids choices,” Wilcher said. “And when the kids have choices, it takes them longer to decide. You have choices, and things to think about. You can sit and wait. Giving kids choices is what this is all about.”