Evan Weaver of Gonzaga Prep signs with Cal after earning Washington player of the year honors

One of the top players in the Northwest, Cal had to fend off a late charge to get Evan Weaver, who may wind up being a game-changer. Weaver inked his National Letter of Intent at 9:45 a.m., PST.

Cal held off a late charge by Oregon to snag Evan Weaver, who will remind Bears fans of true freshman Cameron Saffle.

As a junior in 2014, Weaver was named Associated Press Class 4A All-State, all-classifications All-State by the Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune, and was the Greater Spokane League defensive MVP. He also was all-league and AP All-State choice as a sophomore in 2013. During his junior campaign he racked up 123 tackles (36 for loss, including 14 sacks), forced six fumbles and blocked a field goal, an extra point and two punts.

http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1636448-bear-republic-duck... Named the Washington state Player of the Year by The News Tribune as a senior, and the Defensive Player of the Year by the Seattle Times, he finished with 125 tackles and 24 sacks, 36 tackles for loss, and led Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep to the 4A title game win over vaunted Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline. On offense, he added nearly 1,000 rushing yards and 18 total touchdowns. He also had two blocked kicks -- one returned for a touchdown -- and had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in the state quarterfinal against Woodinville, a game where he also ran for three touchdowns. He's probably the biggest, most powerful, most dynamic athlete in this class, and he's going to wreak havoc on the outside as a defensive end, if he doesn't get big enough to play on the inside. It's been said before: He's the J.J. Watt of Washington high school football.

"Evan is probably the one guy that I think, right now, could come in and help us on the edge," said defensive line coach Fred Tate. "Losing Kyle Kragen, he's a guy like that -- an effort guy -- who gives us a lot of presence, in terms of athletic ability, to be able to bend the corner and run the edge."

He’s got a white-hot motor, dead lifts 635 pounds, is deceptively quick for a young man his size and he has a knack for getting to the quarterback, evidenced by his 56 sacks during the past three seasons. What really sets him apart is his leadership skills, and he was counted on mightily by his team as they were on a collision course with the 4A State Title. Weaver is probably the most exciting prospect, for me, in this class, because not only of his accomplishments, and his production, but because of the work ethic and the sheer power he brings to the table. Very, very under-rated and under-recruited prospect who's going to make a big impact very soon. The comparison to Kragen is certainly apt, but I think Weaver is a bit closer to Cameron Saffle, in that he's a monster straight out of high school, and doesn't sacrifice speed for size or vice versa. Kragen had to build himself through junior college, and Saffle and Weaver are ready to go, right out of the package. Beyond that, he's already got a variety of pass rush moves, and the bottom line is that he's a football player, plain and simple. He does it all, on offense and defense, and that kind of drive and desire to be on the field at all times can't be taught. 

The only thing anyone could possibly say he lacks is truly elite athleticism, and I've heard that said, but you can't beat his motor, his strength and his speed, in my opinion. He should be able to be an early contributor as a pass-rush specialist.




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