One to Watch

One 2007 recruit that plans on defying recruiting rankings and making an instant impact is JUCO defensive lineman Chris Weir. And he's not bashful about saying so, either.

If there is one thing that a college football fan has learned it's that it often doesn't matter how many stars are next to a recruit's name.

When it comes young football players nothing is a sure thing until that player put's the pads on and faces what is a new level of competion.  Then we'll see if that player is everything he was hyped up to be, was underrated, or if he is just one of many players who fill out a football roster. 
As we look at the recruiting class that Gene Chizik put together we can easily see just what type of players he's looking for, and no player exemplifies that more than incoming JC transfer Chris Weir.  Chizik has been saying that Weir is a player to watch regardless of the fact he's undervalued in the recruiting rankings.
"I am looking to come in and make an immediate impact at Iowa State," said Weir, a 6 foot 3 inch and 265-pound defensive lineman.  "Expectations are high and I plan to meet those expectations". 
Weir said the coaching staff plans to use him at left defensive end, which he is very comfortable with. He also shared how much he likes the coaching staff and that he has an unlimited trust in Coach Chizik and what he plans to accomplish at Iowa State. 

"I'm happy to be playing Big 12 football," Weir said.  "I turned down offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, Nebraska, TCU, Marshall, and Utah for the chance to play for Coach Chizik." 
Weir and his parents are very excited about the opportunity he has to play big-time college football.   
"When I get to ISU I plan not only to make the defense better but I plan to make the Cyclones better," he said. 

To back up that statement, Weir is working out five days a week and plans to continue that pace for the rest of the offseason.  That way he'll be ready to hit the ground running when he arrives in Ames this summer. 

"I will be in the best shape I can be so that I can make an immediate impact," Weir said.

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