A few hours after helping Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne to their ninth victory over the season Messiah deWeaver was taking his official visit to Michigan State.
“I went up early Saturday morning and had breakfast with the team,” said deWeaver. “My weekend was great and I got a chance to hangout and see the business school before going to the game and watching them beat Indiana. So that was great and after the game my parents and I went to dinner with Coach (Brad) Salem, Coach (Harlon) Barnett and their wives.”
One thing that set this visit apart from others was the chance to talk with a few former Spartans during his game day breakfast.
“I got a chance to talk with some of the players along with some of the NFL players that came back for the weekend,” he said. “Darqueze Dennard, Bennie Fowler and Jeremy Langford were there and we sat together at breakfast. They explained how it’s all business and stressed that you need to work hard everyday when you come to Michigan State. They said just be a sponge and soak everything in and try and learn everything you can.”
During dinner deWeaver had another friendly face to spend time with as well.
“At dinner with Coach Salem and Coach Barnett was Vayante Copeland,” he said. “Vayante made it even more comfortable as we’ve known each other since second grade. So to be around him was a good time.”
With some of his extra time deWeaver got a chance to spend more time with his future position coach and see his future.
“I was up before for a couple of days but this was the most time I’d spent with Coach Salem,” he explained. “So it was fun getting a chance to sit and watch film and seeing their daily schedule. I know I’m going to learn a lot and I really can’t wait to get it started.”
With his final day starting with breakfast with future head coach Mark Dantonio, deWeaver received a message he’s looking to fulfill in the coming weeks.
“Coach Dantonio talked about my season and how they want me to finish strong and to have continued success,” he said.
For deWeaver that starts Friday night when he looks to help Wayne win a conference championship over rival Centerville. Does he find it hard to believe he’s about to play his final regular season high school game?
“I’ve played so many games between my freshman to junior years along with playing in so many playoff games,” he said. “It has gone fast, but then again, it didn’t. We want to get a win this week and head into the playoffs strong. You can tell at practice this week there is a different tone and how this is a big deal for the community and a rivalry game. So we’re going to go out and play our best football.”
Spartan Digest will be on hand to watch deWeaver on Friday night and will have a full report on how he did in his biggest game so far at Wayne.