DETROIT -- Mike Weber is the real deal.
And he proved it in front of an overlapping crowd at Wayne State Friday night in the Prep Kickoff Classic.
The talented junior running back dazzled onlookers with his display of power, speed and will to win, as he led Detroit Cass Tech (1-0) to a physical, 18-14, victory over Southfield (Mich.) High.
“I just came out here and had fun,” Weber said. “If you have fun, then have nothing to worry about. Then everything fell into place.”
Offensively, everything did fall into place for Weber, as he led the Technicians with two touchdowns on the night. He put Cass up 6-0 on a 25-yard screen pass early in the first quarter. He also scored on a 16-yard run seconds before halftime to give the Technicians the lead 12-7.
All while nursing a bad hip and being a game time decision.
“I didn’t know if he would play,” Cass coach Thomas Wilcher said. “I just asked him day to day (this week). I just sat him down and ran him in the pool and he came back ready to go. I was happy he came out there and said, ‘I’m ready to go, coach.’ That’s what made a difference for me right there.”
At 5-foot-10, 205-pounds, Weber’s biggest play of the night was cutback 47-yard run down the left sideline for a score that was called back due to a Cass holding penalty. It would have put Cass up, 18-7, midway through the third. The penalty deemed costly, as Southfield (0-1) forced a fumble two plays later at mid-field and scooped it and scored to take a 14-12 lead.
The frustration of key Cass holding penalties was vented by Wilcher afterwards – but he still had praise for his star running back.
“They called back some holding calls that I didn’t see,” Wilcher said. “But you know what? He did a great job today. To come off a injury and step on the football field. Weber did a great job. I’m really proud of him.”
In the meantime, if Cass is expected to defend its back-to-back Division 1 state championship’s, then Weber will have to continue to play like he did on Friday.
And he fully expects to.
“I expect a lot this year,” Weber said. “Three-peat.”
No one is arguing with him there.
Rated the No. 36 running back and a four-star prospect, Weber said he plans on being in attendance when Michigan plays host to Central Michigan at the “Big House” today.
He said he looking forward to hanging out and enjoying the Wolverines’ home opener.
“We just going up there to have a good time and just watch a good game,” Weber said.
While Michigan already has a running back Damien Harris committed in its 2015 class, Weber said he’s still looking at U-M as an option and he isn’t afraid of a little competition in Ann Arbor.
“I’ll go compete anywhere,” Weber said. “If I want to go there and it’s a good fit for me, I don’t care how many running backs go there -- I’m going to try to beat them all out.”
Weber also noted that a possible visit to Michigan State may be on the horizon, and he has really taken notice of the Spartans physical downhill run game. Plus, MSU has the commitment of his current teammate and quarterback Jayru Campbell.
“They’re a running team,” Weber said. “I look over there and my quarterback is going there. So it’s really, really a tossup right now.”
As far as decision timeline, Weber said nothing is imminent at the moment.
“I’ll have to figure that out my senior year.”
Look for highlights of Weber’s performance on GoBlueWolverine in coming days.