Athletic QB will visit Bama next week

It's relatively rare for a legitimate Division 1 prospect to fall completely through the cracks, but it's possible that the Tide could benefit from just such an oversight. <br><br>Quarterback Brett Weyman of Fork Union Military Academy has scheduled an official visit to Alabama next week.

Brett Weyman (6-3 220 4.62) is a tough, gritty signal caller who played against post-high school competition his senior year. He has scheduled official visits to Alabama (March 8th) and Tennessee (March 6th) to coincide with spring drills at both schools.

"I am very excited about both Alabama and Tennessee," Weyman said. "I should be able to make a quick decision after I get through visiting both schools."

Weyman transferred to the Virginia academy (where he actually played on its post-graduate team) for his final season of high school football in order to compete against college type talent and get better coaching in the fundamentals of playing quarterback. Prior to the 2001 season, Weyman was primarily a baseball player.

Last season Weyman showed physical toughness, playing behind an average offensive line and taking numerous shots after the pass. Splitting time with another quarterback, he completed 52 of 72 passes his senior year for around 1000 yards and nine touchdowns. He had not thrown a single interception in the first nine games of the year, but under incredible pressure and trying to make big plays, Weyman threw three picks in the final game against Hargrave Military (35 total D1 signees). For the year he averaged 19.2 yards per completion, while hitting on 72 percent of his passes.

Brett Weyman in action his senior year at Fork Union.

Scouts that have watched film of Weyman report good arm strength coupled with very good accuracy. Recruiting analyst Max Emfinger of Max Emfinger's Blue Chip Recruiting is especially sold on Weyman, ranking him the tenth best drop-back QB prospect in the country.

At one time or another numerous Division 1 schools have recruited Weyman, including both the former and current staffs at Alabama. But his interest in the Tide picked up when he learned the specifics of Mike Price's passing offense. "I really like the throwing teams the best," Weyman told Emfinger in an earlier interview.

Having only thrown 173 passes in his junior and senior years combined, Weyman must be considered a raw talent. But he gives you the added bonus of having already played against college level competition. At Fork Union he competed against the junior varsity team at Virginia Tech, the freshman team at Colgate University, Shaw University of North Carolina, Hargrave Military Academy, and the U.S. Military All Star team. He led his squad to a 7-3 season, while learning the speed of the college game.

Weyman has camped at South Carolina, Maryland, Yale and at the Nike Camp hosted by Stanford. He reports scholarship offers from Wyoming, MTSU, Temple, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan. Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech and Maryland are also in the picture.

It's a safe assumption that the major schools were concerned with Weyman's relative lack of experience in football, and several of them (for example South Carolina) were hoping to convince him to walk on and earn a scholarship on the practice field.

With his highly rated prospect till unsigned, Emfinger refers to Weyman as "an eleventh-hour steal for some major program."

His father, Grant Weyman played at Auburn in the mid 1960's, but strong indications from the family are that history would not work against the Tide. Weyman is very intelligent and reports a qualifying score.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Though he's taking official visits to both schools, it's not clear whether either Alabama or Tennessee has given Weyman a firm scholarship offer. Obviously he'd be a real steal as a walk-on player, but just as obviously he wants to sign a scholarship with a major school.

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