Three-Star Defensive End Joshua Alabi Commits to Ohio State

By Jeremy Birmingham on July 25, 2014 at 9:38p
Defensive end Joshua Alabi becomes Ohio State's 14th commitment in the class of 2015.
GRAAAAAAAAAAY BOX
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Ohio State's Friday Night Lights commitment train is officially rolling following the commitment of Detroit Cass Tech two-way lineman, Joshua Alabi. 

The Alabi File

  • Class 2015
  • Position DL
  • Size 6-5/270
  • School  Cass Tech (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Composite ★★★
  • Rank 63 (OT)

Alabi made the big announcement from the field of Ohio Stadium and joins tight end Josh Moore in pledging for the Buckeyes at the school's annual summer showcase.

A 6-foot-5, 270 pound lineman, Alabi chose Ohio State over offers from Michigan State, Tennessee, Miami, Wisconsin, Michigan and others.

Although 247Sports.com lists the Michigan-native as an offensive line prospect, it's believed he'll most likely line up on the defensive side of the ball for the Buckeyes. He could be a defensive tackle or a defensive end.

This was far from Alabi's first trip to Columbus – he was in town for Ohio State's game against Wisconsin last season, along with four-star running back prospect Mike Weber and current Ohio State freshman Damon Webb – but it turned out to be the biggest one as he abruptly ended his recruitment. His relationship with Ohio State's Kerry Coombs has been a driving force in his interest in the Buckeyes, and tonight it paid off.

Indeed, Alabi is just the latest Ohio State prize from Detroit's Cass Tech, traditionally considered a Michigan "pipeline" school. Webb, one of the state's top prospect while at Cass Tech, was one of the headliners from Ohio State's 2014 class and the Buckeyes also went to Cass for linebacker Marco Cooper (2000) and defensive end Vernon Gholston (2004).

We'll have more from Alabi, Ohio State's newest commitment in the "Elite '15," very soon.

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KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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WOLFofOHIO's picture

 SUPERRRRRRRRRRRR SAIYAN BOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

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BroJim's picture

"It's over 9000!!"

I season my simple food with hunger

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UrbanBuckeye's picture

Oh hell yes. Dragonball Z is classic!

In Urban We Trust!

Urban Nation Army's picture

I like it! Another!

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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brandonbauer87's picture

Super excited to watch this kid grow and learn. It's Ohio State University, big guy. Just trying to help, don't kill me. 

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brandonbauer87's picture

I didn't want Kirk Herbstreit to think I'm arrogant. 

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ISURVIVEDCOOPER's picture

What Kirk doesn't get is that though the players make a big deal out of emphasizing 'the', the truth is that it's been part of our school name since the early early days before even he was born, so he needs to just get over it.  I know this because someone in our 11W family was kind enough to educate me on this fact ;)

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

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brandonbauer87's picture

I mostly like Kirk, I just thought that comment was a little weird. Or maybe it was taken out of context. 

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tdible2132's picture

Not to diminish the recent commitments in the least, but I've gotta believe this class is going to be bigger than most expected. Maybe even 22 or 23. Just can't see us passing on some of the top talent we're in on for a class full of 3 stars.  Either way forget the rankings it's good to have these new guys aboard.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

It's awesome getting kids but the room in this class is filling up...  Maybe they should be slowing down a bit and waiting on the big dogs to make their decision?

I don't always downvote, but I do always downvote a Michigan fan trolling the Buckeye boards.

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Urban Nation Army's picture
Cass Tech

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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CTBuckeye's picture

"Because we couldn't go for three"

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sharks's picture

Two Cass guys in two years. Crucial. Laying that pipeline from Detroit to Columbus

The postgame show is brought to you by... Christ, I can't find it. The hell with it...

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rdubs's picture

All of the Joshes.

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funtubs's picture

Hopefully Sweat is next

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ShoeHolder's picture

Tapping into a pipeline that traditional flows to Michigan. I love it. 

"Hippies. They're everywhere. They wanna save the Earth, but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad."

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Ohio State Ombre's picture

im in favor of glenville north recruits

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whiskeyjuice's picture

"You'll find out that nothing that comes easy is worth a dime. As a matter of fact, I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face." -- Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

The Ohio State University.  Otherwise, I'm happy he is joining the family.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!

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ITWASME's picture

Class is filling up! Get in Harris, Sweat, and Gibson!

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Poison nuts's picture

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

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osubuck57's picture

Thought he would stay in-state with that team up north or state, but love that we got him!! Hurts the state up north and keeps that Cass Tech pipeline running.

SCOTTC.

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

Now when we murder teams we can tell the authorities that we have an Alabi...  BOOOOM!

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Maybe the cheerleader will bust this one out against Sparty:

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

Haha.  Yeah..  "S P R T Y..You ain't got no Alabi.. You Sparty!  HaHa..You Sparty!" (points finger)

I will show myself out now...

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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Mortc15's picture

I find this oddly fascinating and disturbing at the same time.. 

Buck-I4Life

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lamplighter's picture

my eyes, my eyes-- please turn it off

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MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome, Mr. Alabi!

WhySoSerious's picture

f Michigan. bang bang.

Rare&Uncommon

Like the ball in the stands, we balls out

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wyatt's picture

Get on board the OSU recruiting train or get left behind. 

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Bucks1's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye Family!

"I will pound you and pound you until you quit." - Woody Hayes

Crimson's picture

Sweet, love this new pipeline!  Welcome to the Buckeye family.

Excitemen on sale today!
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ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Yes, good news.  Welcome to the program Alabi and Moore both (too lazy on this fine evening to comment in both articles). 
 

Class of 2010.

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Soccerbuckeye's picture

I want another Josh to commit tonight...come on Mr. Sweat

Soccer buckeye

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Urban Nation Army's picture

You just want 11W to crash, don't you?

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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BSTP DeCon's picture

And the dominoes continue to fall! Welcome to the family, Alabi!!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

I am sitting here in Toronto on an 11pm conference call during a software production installation call... thoroughly glad my phone was on mute when I said 'FUCK YEAH' after reading Urbs secured two more recruits!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Love Urban going up to the big TTUN's pipeline and drilling a BIG hole in it!  I can see Flounder Hoke ordering another dozen doughnuts to help his Urban induced night shivers!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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ExpressiveBuckeye's picture

Urban 3:16

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

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MikeTheBuckeye's picture

B⭕️⭕️⭕️M!!! Welcome to the Silver Bullets, Mr. Alabi.

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Great night, congrats Josh. Go Bucks!

cinserious's picture

G-R-E-Y

Now-we-got-an A L I B I

We loaded!............We loaded!

gb

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

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Rob Reese's picture

Ha!  Poached another one from Cass Tech., the one-time exclusive pipeline to Michigan.  My, my how the mighty have fallen.

"All I have known at Michigan is failure.  That's all I know." - Taylor Lewan

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MotownBuck's picture

I was down in the corner watching this big boy put in work. He has a motor and got Big Meech and Mr Bosa to ooh and ah a few times. When i saw him get pulled out and hug Urban i knew it was on. Kid is seriously legit. Welcome big boy!

Trotwood-Madison. Once a Ram, Always a Ram.

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buckskin's picture

Welcome aboard Joshua.  Get in Weber's ear and tell him to come on down with you.  Beating Michigan with Michigan high school players will be even sweeter; much like they always USED to beat us with Ohio players.   

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Hovenaut's picture

The last sentence of your post is beautiful.

Jeremypreemo81's picture

This kid is a mammoth DT.  I was standing next to him at FNL.  Sure glad he's a Buckeye. Welcome Mr Alabi

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buckeyedude's picture

Joshua prolly wanted to get out of boarded up and burned out Detroit. Good choice, man.

I can't help but wonder: What Would Woody Think(of all of these kids from TSUN playing for OSU)? 

 

 

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unknownmusketeer's picture

Joey Bosa came into the stands last night to sit next to a family member (looked just like Bosa in the face). He took a picture with a little kid before sitting down. Some random fan turned to take his picture and Bosa had the good humor to pose for the fan, giving a "We're #1" salute. Joey Bosa looks absolutely beast-like.

TheNorthernBuckeye's picture

Your pipelines belong to us scUM.  We want Weber!

"You're an angry football team, and I'm proud to be your coach." - UFM

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OSUStu's picture

Hey Michigan.  I drink your milkshake!

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Rogabone's picture

 

"Who is that madman?" the new arrival asked St. Peter.

"That's God," St. Peter replied. "But he thinks he's Woody Hayes."

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BrewstersMillions's picture

The Urban Meyer recruiting strategy has been in front of our eyes this whole time....

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Outstanding news!  Welcome to Buckeye Nation Joshua!!

Go Bucks!!

M Man's picture

I'm not big on recruiting trashtalk, but I can tell you that there's more than a little satisfaction in Ann Arbor that Alabi is going to Columbus.  Because I think the team that had the most interest in him next to OSU, was MSU.

The notion that Kerry Coombs is recruiting the hell out of Michigan is, beyond any doubt, a much bigger threat to Mark Dantonio than Brady Hoke.

Best wishes to this young man for a very successful time at Ohio State.

Edit. - (Aaaaaand then, on top of Alabi-to-OSU, there is Brian Cole-to-Michigan.)  Which makes this just about the worst imaginable weekend of the year for Spartan recruiting.

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Ahh Saturday's picture

The only reason that Coombs is a bigger threat to Dantonio than Hoke is because Dantonio is the only one of the two who will still be coaching in the state of Michigan in two years.

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OSUStu's picture

Actually when I read that, I thought M Man meant that Coombs is a bigger threat than Hoke is to Dantonio. Of course, this is probably true as well.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Rob Reese's picture

I'm not big on recruiting trashtalk, but I can tell you that there's more than a little satisfaction in Ann Arbor that Alabi is going to Columbus.  Because I think the team that had the most interest in him next to OSU, was MSU.

You do realize Michigan offered him, right?

I'm a little surprised that you're missing the even bigger picture here.  By landing yet  commit from CT, Urban is unabatedly pissing on the trees there and leaving the scent of a dominant buck.  This is two in as many years, both with UM offers, and only opens the door for even more.

TLDR; Urban's reeling them in from your backyard.

"All I have known at Michigan is failure.  That's all I know." - Taylor Lewan

M Man's picture

You do realize Michigan offered him, right?

Oh absolutely.  Michigan fans would have been pretty thrilled to get him.  But it's not like we've lost all control and hope at Cass Tech.  Thomas Wilcher is still the Head Coach.  It will really be big news for recruiting when Wilcher retires.

The Detroit PSL is changing, shrinking.  They are losing whole high schools, not just students.  And so Cass Tech is becoming a kind of super-magnet school (it always was an academic/music magnet school, but pre-Wilcher, it didn't have much of a football reputation).  Cass Tech's non-athlete students actually enjoy privileged status compared to other Detroit high schools as their applications to Michigan (the prestige choice for most of them) are considered.

But back to football; our 2015 class is going to be real small; it is more than half-filled, and Alabi's is not a particular position of need.  While (as you say) we offered him, most of us really expected he'd go to The Michigan State University and not The Ohio State University.

You didn't question me about one thing I expected to be provocative -- namely, why would I rather have a top recruit go to our rival OSU instead of our other rival MSU?

unknownmusketeer's picture

You didn't question me about one thing I expected to be provocative -- namely, why would I rather have a top recruit go to our rival OSU instead of our other rival MSU?

I have started assuming that Michigan is working to beat Kentucky for recruits. 

M Man's picture

I have started assuming that Michigan is working to beat Kentucky for recruits. 

And of course you are correct in that regard:

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Crimson's picture

The Michigan State University

Fixed that for you.

FROMTHE18's picture

Weber looking like he loved his SC visit (hard not to) and is being predicted to go there. If Harris picks the good guys, be a nice slap in the face to Michigan missing out not only on Harris (I know, he decommitted) but another Cass Tech star like Weber who would have been a solid snag in place of Harris. Still a ways to go to NSD but its good to see Cass Tech guys bailing on UM.