Jeff Schweiger Trims His List to Five

Wednesday night I spoke with San Jose, Calif. Valley Christian standout defensive lineman <b>Jeff Schweiger.</b> He told me he had narrowed his choice of schools down to five. Who made the cut?

I spoke with San Jose, Calif Valley Christian High School defensive lineman Jeff Schweigart (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) Wednesday night, he's been a hard person to get hold of but was gracious in giving me an interview. After introductions Schweiger immediately asked me to on hold on a sec, "We made up a list of answers for the questions you guys ask." I chuckled and asked him if he's been getting a lot of calls, "Oh yeah, all the time." When I asked him about offers he started reading off an impressive list that included most of the Pac 10 schools (minus Stanford) many Big 12 and SEC schools, along with Miami, Michigan State, and....Portland State.

Jeff Schweiger
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Do you have an offer from Michigan?

"Coach (Ron) English gave me a verbal offer towards the end of May, I was supposed to call Coach Carr on May 30 but my coach was out of town and they wanted me to do it with my coach present. We are supposed to call again soon, maybe by the end of this week or the beginning of next week?"

Who are your top five schools now?

"Yeah, we've narrowed it down to a final five. Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Miami, USC, and Michigan."

Schweiger at the ready

Of those do you have a favorite?

"Yes, I'd have to say USC and Miami are my two favorites."

When do you think you'll make a decision?

"It will be towards the end, close to signing day. I want to take all my visits and think a lot about what I want to do."

Do you have any visits set yet?

"No, we don't have anything set up at the moment, but I plan on taking visits to my final 5."

Schweiger at linebacker

Schweiger then let me know that Valley Christian had one final Spring practice on Thursday, and invited me down to watch him practice. Of course I couldn't refuse.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at his school is that it is in an absolutely beautiful location. Valley Christians campus sits high on a hill overlooking the Santa Clara Valley. The grandstands on the football field have a panoramic view of the valley and I can just imagine a night game must be a feast for the eyes, great football and a view of the Silicon Valley lights. As beautiful as it was I was not there to sight-see, not the view from the campus anyway. As I walked on to the field, which is field turf, same as the surface U-M will be getting this fall, I was met by Valley Christain Head Coach Mike Machado. He was surprised to see me and even more surprised that Jeff had invited me to the practice. "Jeff is a very private person and is getting tired of all the contact, we even had one news service try to get him out of class to talk. I have most of the services call me first so I'm surprised Jeff told you to come."

Jeff Schweiger
Mentor to the underclassmen

How about Jeff the athlete?

"Jeff is a fantastic athlete. He plays defensive end, linebacker, and a little tight end for us, but most schools are recruiting him as a defensive end. He's big and quick and very strong."

Does Jeff have many offers?

"Oh yeah, he's got offers from all over the country, from all the big programs. Some school is going to get a very good player. We just narrowed his list down to a final five with ND, Miami, USC, Oklahoma, and Michigan. Texas and Ohio State are floating around at the end there, but it's mainly down to those 5. We were supposed to call the Michigan coaches at the end of May but I had to go out of town. We'll probably do it within the next couple days. I have to tell you though, Jeff is open, but it's going to be hard to get him away from USC"

Jeff Schweiger
Schweiger on the charge

Shortly after Schweiger and the rest of the team made it to the field. Watching him work with his teammates I could tell right away he was a leader. "He's one of our Team Captains," Coach Machado told me. "Most of the kids out here are underclassman, the upperclassman have finals, but Jeff is one of the few who make it out here to help the sophomores learn the system." Schweiger's father, Jeff Sr. was an All-American at San Jose State. "There's no pressure from this father to attend State, " Machado said with a smile.

Schweiger is indeed quick for his size, and fast. He runs an 11.4 100 meters, impressive for most, but Schweiger weighs 240 pounds.

I was also able to chat with Schweiger's position coach, Mike Scialabba. "Jeff is a fantastic player, one of the best. He has fantastic quickness for a guy his size." Scialabba continued, "He's one of our leaders."

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