On a frigid winter day when classes were again canceled most outsiders were only focused on one aspect of the highly anticipated Signing Day festivities, Mike “The Machine” Weber. If that was the only reason of intrigue, the talent level of the Detroit Public School League is greatly undervalued.
In all 33 young men signed letters of intent to play football on scholarship on the next level. It was great to see a diverse group of players from eight of the league’s schools. Each player was able to have his moment in the sun and pen his signature next to the logo of the institution of higher learning they will be attending.
Western International, Cody and Detroit Central each had one player commit, Denby had two and East English Village had three.
The perennial powers did not disappoint with Renaissance and King having six players commit while the reigning city champ Cass Tech had an astounding thirteen players inking letters of intent. The combatants in the City Championship game were united with their top tier players joining each other in college. King’s Tyriq Thompson (early enrollee) and Kyonta Stallworth will be donning the green and white of the Michigan State Spartans. Mike Weber had the the crowd on pins and needles until he reveled he would be joining teammate Joshua Alabi in Columbus with the National Champions, Ohio State Buckeyes.
This day is highlighted by the foundation these young men have set for their underclassmen teammates and the opportunity they have been afforded being able to exchange hard work on the field for an education from a great university.