In a few months Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne quarterback Messiah deWeaver will no longer be a high school student as he’ll enroll early at Michigan State to being his college career.
With his final two regular season high school games ahead of him, deWeaver has led the Warriors to a perfect 8-0 record posting some of the best numbers of his prep career.
This weekend, deWeaver might be making his last visit to East Lansing as he’ll take his official visit with the Spartans when they take on Indiana.
“I take my official visit this weekend and I’m looking to have fun as this might be my last real visit before I have to enroll at Michigan State,” explained deWeaver. “I might look to get up for the Penn State game, but hope to be busy that weekend. So I’m just looking to have fun and spend time with the coaches, players and it’s always great to see the fans again.”
With goals of helping Wayne make a return trip to the state championship game, deWeaver knows the days are counting down faster than he thought they would.
“The first day of classes are January 11th,” he said. “So I hope to be there a day or two before. But I’m playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 3rd, so sometime between that and the 11th, I’ll be there.”
After three seasons at Trotwood (Ohio) Madison High School, deWeaver left for Wayne at the first of the year. The move has proven to be a positive one in helping him grow his game. What does the future Spartan think he’s improved upon the most?
“Reading defenses to be honest,” he said. “Every play in this offense you really have to read the defense as every play there is an option to pass, kick the ball out or run it yourself. So in practice you have to read the defense instead of just turning around and handing the ball off. So it’s really helped me. The biggest part of my game this year is getting the ball out of my hand quick, finding the receivers early and letting them make plays. Plus extending plays with my feet. I feel I’ve done a good job of it so far this season.”
While Trotwood and Wayne play in the same conference, they are in different divisions. While deWeaver knows he played good competition early in his career, he’s also seen the difference between the two divisions.
“This year is different as it’s a more physical game,” he said. “It’s more a Big Ten style game as every team you play they are physical at every position. So I think the physicality is helping prepare me for the next level.”
Like Spartan fans across the world, last Saturday, deWeaver had his eyes glued on what was happening between the Spartans and rival Michigan. The one time Wolverine pledge may of had a different view of what turned out to be an instant classic that also gave him a different perspective on the rivalry.
“The first, second and third quarters, I thought it was an epic battle,” he said. “The defense was playing lights out and Connor Cook was making great throws. His game is taking off and I think he’s a first round quarterback. It was a hard fought Big Ten game. A lot of defense being play and to go down until the last play with ten-seconds left it doesn’t get any better than that.
“I’d never seen anything like that before and to witness that instead of hearing about all the old victories was cool. So it was exciting and now they’re 7-0 so I’m looking forward to them winning again this weekend.”
Another thing that came to deWeaver while watching the Spartans magical win over Michigan was what sold him on his future home being at Michigan State.
“The big reasons I picked Michigan State was what I saw when I was watching that game,” stressed deWeaver. “I love their mentality as a team and Coach (Mark) Dantonio and his staff installed that. It’s a winning mentality and while they are doubted by a lot of people, they just go out there and put it all on the field and that is the kind of guy I am.
“So they don’t do too much talking or too much on social media. So I love their mentality and it all starts with Coach (Ken) Mannie. So I just love their mentality and can’t wait to get up there.”