Oak Creek's Wey Looking for Offers

Mike Wey is receiving significant interest from several Big Ten programs

It's not surprising that the vast majority of Mike Wey's recruiting interest has come from teams looking for him to play linebacker in college. After all, the class of 2006 prospect has only played linebacker for the Oak Creek (Wis.) High School varsity.

But one of his three favorites has another position in mind.

"Wisconsin was talking about tight end maybe," Wey said in a telephone interview Monday.

The Badgers are also looking at Wey as a linebacker, as are his other two favorites: Iowa and Notre Dame. But what does Wey think about being recruited at a position he has never played?

"It's fine with me," he said. "Whatever I can do. I might be playing tight end this year for Oak Creek."

Oak Creek normally employs a two-platoon system, but just as Wisconsin-bound standout Travis Beckum had the opportunity to play both ways last year, Wey could do so this fall. In fact, Wey may slide from inside linebacker, where he led the Knights in tackles last year, to Beckum's outside linebacker position, where he could also serve as a situational rush end. Wey said he could play tight end when Oak Creek employs a two-tight end formation.

Wey's primary position, though, is certainly linebacker. The 6-foot-2 ½, 234-pound athlete is expected to be one of the top defensive players in the state of Wisconsin this fall.

During Oak Creek's recent end of the year testing, Wey set a school record for linebackers by squatting 500 pounds. He also benched 310 pounds and cleaned 360. The 40-yard dash was not one of the end of the year tests, but Wey said he completed the distance in 4.5 seconds a couple months ago.

Wey does not have a scholarship offer yet, though he has received positive feedback from the schools recruiting him.

"Everyone is saying they liked what they saw on tape so far," he said.

But at this point Wey is still playing the waiting game. He received phone calls in May from Wisconsin, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Illinois, Minnesota and Western Michigan. He is also being recruiting by Iowa, Notre Dame, Michigan and Northwestern, among others.

But the Hawkeyes, Badgers and Irish presently top his list.

"I like Iowa because they seem real honest and up front with you," Wey said. "I just like the way Iowa feels right now. I like their facilities.

"I like Wisconsin because it's close to home and it's a pretty good school.

"And Notre Dame I just like because it's a good school too."

Wey made an unofficial visit to South Bend, Ind. this spring for Notre Dame's spring game.

"It was awesome," he said. "I like the campus a lot there… It's like it's own city. It's awesome."

He also made two unofficial trips to Iowa, including for the Hawkeyes' spring game, and one trip to UW.

"I'm going to the Badgers' camp in two weeks," Wey said.


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