2015 recruit Michael Weber projects to be a very talented running back at the college level, so of course, two of the biggest programs in the country already hold the early edge for his commitment: Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Weber is unranked as of now, but that will change once the 2015 class starts to come into focus later on in this current recruiting cycle. He has good size at 5'10'', 190 pounds, and he goes to Cass Tech, which is a school in Detroit known for producing some elite recruits.
Cass Tech is a known Michigan pipeline, but according to a report via Brad Bournival of ESPN.com, the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes are the two programs standing out to the 2015 running back right now.
A 5-foot-10, 195-pound sophomore, Weber has offers from Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Syracuse, but is eyeing trips to Notre Dame and Ohio State.
“I like all my offers right now,” Weber said Saturday at the New Level Athletics 7 on 7 Midwest Regional. “I think I’m going to ride this out and decide my senior year, but I’m really looking forward to visiting Notre Dame and Ohio State in April. I’m traveling with Max Ex right now and doing these 7-on-7s [tournaments].”
Weber went on to talk about how the Fighting Irish have a good program and environment, and he's hoping to get an offer from Notre Dame when he does visit (per Bournival).
He is also set to visit Ohio State with current 2014 commitment and Cass Tech teammate Damon Webb according to Bournival's report. Here's what Weber thinks about that visit:
“It’ll be my first trip down there,” Weber said. “I’m hoping for that offer. I want to visit and meet all the coaches and see how it is down there. I just want to see how the people are. How they act. I want to see the whole nine yards.”
Obviously these two powerhouse programs are standing out with Weber right now, but it's important to realize that things can change in a hurry in recruiting. Also consider the fact that he's only a sophomore, so the chances of a switch-up in interests or a big-time offer that could sway things are extremely high.
That said, it's going to be interesting to see how the next two years play out on the football field for both programs. Urban Meyer has Ohio State primed to compete for national championships, and an epic season or two or a championship run could really win over a talented 2015 recruit like Weber.
Brian Kelly and Notre Dame were obviously just in the championship game, and despite the embarrassing outcome, the Fighting Irish still boast a program that should compete to get back to said game in the next few seasons.
There are a few programs that should be able to compete with Alabama in the next few years, and Ohio State and Notre Dame (yes, really) are on that list. It's a short list, mind you, that features the likes of Florida and LSU and a few outlier schools like Georgia, Michigan, USC and Texas A&M.
The very fact that both OSU and Notre Dame can be mentioned amongst those elite teams is what allows them to stand out on the recruiting trail with a 2015 recruit right now, and it's that potential combined with their big name that make both programs such a big draw.
Whether or not Ohio State and Notre Dame stay on top of Weber's interest list is up for debate, and there's plenty of time for that to shake up and change, but competing to be the best program in college football during the next two seasons will undoubtedly help that cause.