Detroit and Cass Tech in particular have been big pipelines for Big Ten programs and that may always be the case but one player at the school is open to the ACC and NC State.
Since Dave Doeren took over there has been a clear uptick in the effort expended recruiting in Big Ten country. Of course that is due to Doeren's history of coaching in the region. In that sense it's understandable. That does not mean it's easy.
It makes for more travel and its difficult selling the location angle when schools in those players home states are doing the same thing.
Joshua Alabi is looking at many of those Big Ten schools. Just this week he told Pack Pride that Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State will be in the running for official visits whenever he starts to plan those out. He also said NC State, Miami and Tennessee are three other schools he could see himself taking official visits to.
"NC State was at my school maybe a month ago you could say. I talked to them about a week ago on the phone. I've talked to them three or four times. They like me on the defensive side of the ball. I think they want me to play d-tackle. They just said they want me to come there for that and to get to know the place."
Alabi said almost every other school is recruiting him as a defensive tackle so that is not anything new. He has never been to NC State and is not sure when he will visit with so many other schools on his mind as well. But Alabi said he does not have a favorite and said a trip to NC State will probably happen before he makes a decision.
Wisconsin is the most recent school Alabi visited. He said he liked the relatively new coaching staff and the campus in Madison. He obviously liked it since he has left the door open to an official visit.
Alabi did say that a trip to NC State would probably have to be an official visit so if he does make it to Raleigh it might not be for a while. There is one connection he has to the school aside from the coaches he has talked to.
"Kenton Gibbs was one of our players from two years ago and he goes there. I keep in touch with him and that helps them a lot."
Alabi said his coaches at Cass Tech plan all of his summer visits so he is not sure what they have planned for him during the rest of June and July.