One of the six visiting last weekend from Indianapolis was Anthony Weather, a 6' 2"/195 pound outside linebacker. Anthony gave his impressions of the campus, the facilities and the staff. "It was nice. There were great facilities. I liked the weight room, the meeting rooms, the training room and the football stadium. I liked the area, and the coaches all seemed real team oriented. I just liked everything."
The Bearcats signed Warren Central teammate Adrien Robinson to a letter-of-intent on February 7. Anthony talked about his teammate. "Adrien is a team guy. He's not selfish. He doesn't take all the credit for himself. He wants it to be about everyone and not just him." In some ways Adrien has been a role model for Anthony. "I'm pretty much the same way. I like to be involved with the team. I'm not a selfish guy. If I do something well on the field, I want to celebrate with my teammates and get everyone involved."
Although still a junior, Weather does not hold any scholarship offers at this time but was a starter for much of last year's undefeated (15-0) state championship season. "I started about nine games. I was in a rotation with some seniors so it was a competition every week for who would start on Friday nights. I played on both the weak side and the strong side." Anthony said the seniors that competed with him for playing time are both expected to continue their football careers at St. Joe's.
When asked to identify a strength, Anthony replied. "I think I like to lead and get everyone involved. If someone isn't doing something right, I help him to get it done. I see myself more as a leader than a player." As far as a weakness, "I could become faster, but I really want to become more of a student of the game."
At 6' 2" and 195 pounds, Anthony's size as a linebacker could be questioned by some recruiters, but Weather just turned 17-years-old on January 29, and he does seem to have potential for more growth. His older brother is 6' 4" and played football at the University of Indianapolis while his great grandfather stood 6' 8". Also, it's a good bet Anthony will add more weight with his affection for weightlifting. "I was excited to see Cincinnati's weight room because I'm a big weight room guy. I love lifting weights. I'd say I'm probably the third or fourth strongest in my grade."
Even though Indianapolis is less than a ninety minute drive to Cincinnati, Anthony admitted he knew very little about the school prior to Sunday's visit. "I really didn't know anything about it. I'd heard of Cincinnati but didn't really know anything about the school." Anthony said he'd think about returning to watch a spring football practice so he could get an even better look at the campus when it wasn't so cold.
Anthony talked about the differing opinions of many of his Hoosier classmates when choosing a college. "Yeah, there's a lot of people I know that want to go to IU, but others want to get out of Indiana for a while to see something different. The nice thing about Cincinnati is it's not too far and not too close to home. It's a happy median."
In addition to sending Adrien Robinson to UC this year, Warren Central had three others sign Division IA letters-of-intent to play football for Terry Hoeppner at Indiana University. Kerry Coombs would like to reverse that trend, and getting six Warren Central Warriors to visit Clifton last Sunday was a good start.