Standout DE Has UM in Top 5

When San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian standout defensive end Jeff Schweiger took the field as a junior last season he was hoping for a big junior campaign. Then it happened.

"We won everything we could win," Schweiger said of his team's section title in California. "The only thing we can improve on is our record. We went 12-1 and lost by one point. We need to get that erased."

The talented defensive end registered 138 tackles and 13 quarterback sacks as a junior. That's after playing several other positions in previous years.

"I played two years of pop warner ball before high school," he said. "I was an offensive guard one year (laughing). I've played tight end and I've also played linebacker in high school. But I'll be a defensive end in college."

Now tipping the scales at 245 pounds on his 6-4 frame, Schweiger brings plenty of athletic ability to the table. At the NIKE Camp this past April, Schweiger ran a 4.56/40 on grass and jumped 30 inches on the vert.

A full academic qualifier, Schweiger also competes in varsity track (11.4 in the 100m and shot put 48 feet) and baseball. In the meantime, he's emerged as one of the nation's premier defensive end prospects.

"It's amazing," he said, "all the offers and stuff I've been getting. It's been great. I really have some really nice options to pick from."

The standout defender said he's already narrowed it down to five that he'll look at the hardest.

"The top five that I'm focusing on right now are Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Miami, USC, and Michigan," he said. "I heard from all of them in May and they all offered me a scholarship to come to their schools."

Schweiger talked about each of his favorites, including Miami.

"I like Miami a lot actually," he said. "They've had the best program in college football for the last three years. They always have the best talent and I'm pretty excited to check them out later in the year. That'll be one of my visits."

With the recent success of Southern Cal, many top prospects from that part of the state have been becoming Trojans. Schweiger talked about that.

"They've been getting some good ones," he said. "But there's a big chance that I'll leave. Going away from home won't be a problem to me. They have a great program but so do the other schools. I'm a long way off from making a decision."

On an side note, Schweiger was playing NCAA Football on PlayStation2 with some friends when I spoke to him.

"I play with Oklahoma," he said. "The reason I do that is because there's a goal line play that I run and nobody can stop it. I get four, five yards every time and then I bust a big one. And No. 88, the big tight end, can catch everything thrown to him. Everyone tries to get fancy with all the technical stuff but I just take it and run up and down the field."

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