San Jose, Calif., DE Jeff Schweiger

GBW had a chance to chat with San Jose, Calif., Valley Christian DE <B>Jeff Schweiger</B> Wed. evening. Schweiger was recognized as the top defensive player at the Stanford Nike Camp. He almost didn't make the trip.

Jeff Schweiger (Nike Camp stats: 6-4, 240 lbs., 4.56 in the 40, 4.11 in the shuttle, 31 bench press reps, 30.9 inch vertical ... 3.0 GPA) told me that he discussed opting out of the Stanford camp for fear of injury. He's already being pursued by a host of schools and didn't feel like going to the camp would help him. "I worked hard all year to be ready, but my Coach (Mike) Machado and I talked about me not going because of the risk of injury. But I'm real happy I went and real happy with my performance."

I asked Schweiger if he had any offers, and he told me, "I have written offers from USC, Oklahoma, Washington, Colorado, and UCLA, and a lot of verbal offers. I think I have something like 23 or 24 offers total." I asked him if Michigan was one of them, "Coach English was at my school last week and said he wanted to look at some film, but he didn't make an offer. He did say they would like me to come for a visit. Right now I don't have any visits set up."

"I'm looking for good coaches, a good atmosphere, and a good overall football team," Schweiger added. "I also want a lot of exposure because I want to play in the NFL."

I asked him for a top five list: "Right now I'd have to say USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Miami, and Michigan, not in any order. I'm still open."

When asked about playing in front of 111,000 fans, Schweiger excitedly responded, "I heard Michigan has the biggest stadium and I really want to see that. I don't have any problems leaving home." I asked him how he liked snow: "I don't mind it, and I even played in it once in Pop-Warner."

Schweiger said right now his team is running some offensive drills. "I play a little tight end, but my main positions now are linebacker and defensive end." He wants to play rush defensive end in college though he doesn't play a lot now in passing situations.

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