K-State Leads for Jersey Lineman

Kansas State already has one commitment from New Jersey and by February the Wildcats may have another.

Versatile lineman Thomas Weaver will not be making his decision for a while but K-State has positioned itself well for the stretch run.

"I like K-State, New Mexico State, Duke, Rutgers and UConn," said Weaver. "All of them have offered and as of right now I'd say that K-State is right up there at the top. I won't make my decision until closer to Signing Day though."

The 6-2, 265-pound prospect from Irvington, N.J. has the ability to play on both sides of the line and has done just that for his high school squad.

"I think regardless of where I end up the coaches are going to give me a look on offense and defense. I haven't heard too many schools tell me that they definitely want me for one or the other. I don't have a preference, personally.

"On offense I've never allowed a sack," said Weaver. "There have been times when I've had a bad ankle and was basically playing with one good leg and I still held my own. I love run blocking too. I've got more pancakes this year because I've been working on my strength a lot.

"On defense I'm probably best as a pass rusher. My quickness helps me out a lot, especially at this level. I know I'm going to have to keep getting quicker and stronger for college, but right now my technique and athleticism make it tough for offensive linemen to stay in front of me."

Were Weaver to commit to Kansas State, he would be the second New Jersey-native to verbal to the Wildcats. Running back Adonis Thomas of Newark (N.J.) Shabazz committed this summer.

Weaver has helped Irvington to a 6-1 record on the year, establishing himself as one of the top two-way linemen in the northeast. He will take his official visits after his season is over.

"Right now I'll probably take at least a couple of visits to the schools I'm looking at seriously," he said. "I'm pretty sure I'll get out to K-State, and I think I'm going to try to go to UConn too."

While his decision might not come for another two or three months Weaver knows what he wants in a school.

"I want to find the school that offers the best combination of academics and athletics," he said. "I really want to play big-time college football but I know it's important to get a good education too. Most of the schools I'm looking at fit that pretty well.

"K-State and Rutgers have good football programs, and UConn is getting better. Rutgers is close to home, too. Duke has a great academic program. I already know some people on the football team out at New Mexico State. There's a lot for me to think about, so I'm not going to rush it."

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