There was a fair amount of drama during the 2015 cycle surrounding the running back position to start things off. Back in the summer of 2013, Michigan received a commitment from the nation's top recruit at the position in five-star Damien Harris, but he ultimately reopened things up in January of this year, leaving a void at the position.
The Wolverines still went hard after Harris and four-star prospect Jacques Patrick, but their main target ended up being Mike Weber (5-10, 205), who was considered a near-lock for Michigan State early on in the process.
For awhile, it looked like Michigan would be taking two running backs in the class, but after Ty Isaac transferred in this spring, the race for the running back slot in the 2015 class became a party-of-one. In August, Weber obliged and became a part of one of Brady Hoke's best offensive hauls on the trail since he arrived in Ann Arbor.
Let's take a closer look at his background and the type of player Michigan is getting.
Weber is a consensus four-star prospect on all of the major recruiting services (247, ESPN, Rivals, Scout). He is rated in the 10th to 16th range at his position, depending on the site.
His offer sheet and list of schools that have shown interest is impressive as it can get for a prospect from the Midwest.
In addition to U-M, Weber received notable offers from Kentucky, Miami (FL), MSU, NC State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC and Wisconsin. Schools that showed interest but have not offered include Alabama and Notre Dame.
When you watch a player like Weber on film, it is not hard to see why he is one of the most coveted prospects in the Midwest and how his skill set fits what Michigan wants to do on offense almost perfectly.
He's probably not quite 5-foot-10 like he's listed on many sites, but what jumps out is just how built he is already. He has a powerful lower half that allows him to gain leverage as a runner and this helps him as a blocker in the passing game, as well.
Weber's vision is impressive, too. He knows when to cut back and has a good feel for finding holes in tight traffic, in addition to being patient enough to let his blocks develop downfield.
While not exactly a burner, Weber does possess a combination of power and 4.47 40-yard dash speed that makes him a well-rounded running back prospect. He is a quick and shifty back that has the ability to stop and start back up quickly and reach an extra gear when he hits the next level. He always keeps his legs moving, even after it seems like he's been stopped and the play is over.
Weber's skill set would suggest he absolutely can be an every down back and carry the load for an offense. He will be buried on the depth chart early on at Michigan due to the presence of Derrick Green, DeVeon Smith and Ty Isaac, but he will fit in nicely and will still get the opportunity for early looks.
More proof that Weber is a beast
Over the weekend, he ran for over 400 yards and five touchdowns in a playoff game on only 25 carries. That is an absolutely unreal stat line, even for a high school player.
Below are highlight's from Cass Tech's game against Detroit Mumford earlier this season.
That's it for this edition. Next week we take a look at four-star wide receiver Brian Cole (Saginaw, Michigan).