SAN ANTONIO — When he de-committed from Michigan, Detroit Cass Tech running back Mike Weber made waves across Michigan and the Midwest. That he announced it on Twitter in the second half of the Wolverines’ loss to Maryland only made it worse.
His decision was seen as the latest nail in Brady Hoke’s coaching coffin, and when Weber completed his Benedict Arnold impersonation by committing to Ohio State shortly thereafter, he highlighted just how far Michigan had fallen in recruiting circles.
That was then. This is the new Harbaugh dawn in Ann Arbor, inaugurating a new high-energy era in Weber’s backyard.
So, is Weber, who in San Antonio preparing for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, having any second thoughts about his choice of a college future in Columbus?
“I’m pretty solid on Ohio State,” Weber said. He equivocated only slightly when asked if knowing Harbaugh would have been the coach earlier could have changed things. “I mean, I don’t know. I’m going to respect him and I know he’ll try to recruit me. I’m going to respect him and listen to what he has to say, but I’m pretty solid.”
Why is Weber so convinced Columbus is now the place for him? It apparently has everything to do with a certain game that will be televised on Thursday.
“I mean, why would I leave a team that is in it for a national championship? I’m pretty solid on Ohio State.”
Even before Harbaugh was officially introduced as the new coach Tuesday, he contacted Weber’s parents Monday. Weber also didn’t rule out a visit to Ann Arbor.
Weber was one of the only members of the West squad who wasn’t shivering on Tuesday, relishing his Michigan roots during a surprising cold snap in San Antonio, with wind chills dropping temperatures to near 40 degrees. While some of his newfound teammates from Southern California rushed for windbreakers to throw over pads during breaks, Weber flipped the script, instead saying that he had been too warm during Monday’s drills.
“I can play in this all day. This is nice. This is basically my summer here in Detroit.”
Summer in Detroit may become summer in Columbus soon. It doesn’t sound like that is changing, regardless of the new head honcho in Ann Arbor.