Weber talks leaving Michigan for Ohio State

BY foxsports • June 12, 2015

Mike Weber was all set to play for Michigan -- until it became unclear last fall who would be head coach of the Wolverines in the future. 

Later Weber felt comfortable going to Ohio State -- until the man he expected to be his position coach left for the NFL one day after Weber signed his letter of intent. 

And now that the four-star running back from Detroit Cass Tech is on the verge of starting classes in Columbus? 

"I am at Ohio State now, and hopefully these three or four years (will be great) and make it to the NFL," Weber told on Friday. 

Weber spoke at a camp being held near his hometown, one being attended by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, among others. 

He confirmed hearing he would not get to play for Stan Drayton, the Ohio State running backs coach who helped convince Weber to stick with an Ohio State commitment in the hours leading up to National Signing Day as Harbaugh made a hard push to get him to sign with the Wolverines, "was really upsetting" because "It just felt like I couldn't trust anything or anybody." 

Drayton accepted an offer to be running backs coach for the Chicago Bears, but Weber credited Meyer and Tony Alfrod (Drayton's replacement) for making him feel "at home" with Ohio State in the days that followed Drayton's departure. 

"It was really tragic," Weber told of leaving his home state for college. "It's hard living in the state of Michigan, being the top player, and going to the rival school. It's been a really hard journey, but I'm really happy about being at Ohio State, national champions, and we can do it again many more times." 


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