Wildcats offer linebacker

Arizona recently offered Texas linebacker Ben Weaver. Where does it stand in his recruitment? Is there a favorite? Read on for more.

Despite holding scholarship offers from schools like California, Utah, and Texas Tech, Ben Weaver currently finds himself as an unranked prospect in the class of 2012. However, he doesn't consider it a matter of talent level or potential, merely lack of exposure.

"I'm just not in the rankings because I haven't been to any camps," Weaver said. "When I do, I think I should be ranked. I was got invited and was supposed to go to the Nike Camp in Houston, but I wasn't able to get there; and that was for the Rivals250. That's the only reason I can think of that I'm not ranked."

Even though he has not had the chance to perform in front of scouts and recruiting experts, Weaver knows his strengths on the field and ultimately what will get him ranked once he does have more exposure.

"I like to look at myself as the head of the defense," Weaver said. "I like to make plays all over the field. The run game is definitely my strength. I like to fill the gaps, that's my best thing. I'm an all-around player and I like to be all over the field as much as I can be."

His recruitment continues to heat up, as this past weekend, the 6-foot-1, 225-pound outside linebacker added to his list by picking up an offer from Arizona.

"The offer from Arizona was pretty exciting," Weaver said. "It's just another offer to put on my plate and help me figure exactly where I want to go. I'm starting to narrow it down a little bit, not too heavy yet though. It just adds to the options that I have."

Last week, Weaver named a top three of Texas Tech, Louisville, and Boise State, but that doesn't mean UA is out of it completely.

"I believe that Arizona has a chance," Weaver said. "It's a good football school and Stoops is a good coach. They're definitely in there."

Arizona's lack of depth at linebacker should help it stay competitive in the recruitment of the Klein (Tex.) High School prospect, as it is able to satisfy one of the factors most important to Weaver in a prospective school.

"Playing time is probably one of the main things," Weaver said. "I want to make sure they're as in love with me as I'm going to be in love with the school that I'm going to go to. I want to make sure it's a perfect fit for me and of course that I'm going to get an education."

Although he does not have a schedule for his visits made up, the decision on which schools Weaver will visit unofficially should come soon.

"I don't have any visits planned yet," Weaver said. "I will be attending the TCU camp and Texas A&M camp later next week. I'll start after that and I'll really start planning my trips because some of the places are far away, so I'll have to make multiple trips. There's definitely a big possibility Arizona gets a visit, I'm just not absolutely sure yet."

The timing of Weaver's trips will be crucial to the schools that he ultimately decides to visit, as he is poised to make a decision in the coming months.

"I will definitely make a decision by the end of summer time," Weaver said. "I want to be committed before my senior year so I can really focus on my year and getting better for college."

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