One of the top quarterbacks in the Midwest in the class of 2016 is Trotwood (Ohio) Madison sophomore signal caller Messiah deWeaver. Standing 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, deWeaver made his way back up to Ann Arbor Saturday morning for the first time since camping with the Wolverines in the middle of June.
“It was good,” deWeaver told GoBlueWolverine. “First we went and they showed us a lot of videos, like inspirational kind of videos and stuff. They showed us some more of the school and it was nice. We toured around, went in the locker room, tried on the jersey and the helmet.
“It was good. They were nice. I know the coaches anyway from camp but they were really friendly today and interacted with them and got to know them a little bit better.”
One of the few players invited to the Saturday morning visit with the Michigan coaching staff, deWeaver, who came along with his parents and sister, spent a good portion of his time in Ann Arbor getting to know the coaches he could wind up playing for when his career with the Rams comes to an end.
After this visit, deWeaver’s approach to the recruiting process, and to the Wolverines, has taken on a different shape.
“It was exciting for that to know I was selected,” deWeaver said. “It was different than the first time cause I was so excited to meet the coach but now it was kind of like I was trying to build a relationship with him.
“And now, I’m thinking about going to that school. It’s more about building a relationship than being excited now to just see the coach, Brady Hoke. It’s about the relationship.”
Looking to forge an even better relationship with Michigan offensive coordinator Al Borges after working extensively with him at camp in June, deWeaver believes that bond is strengthening from an on the field and off the field standpoint.
“We sat down and talked and things like that,” deWeaver said. “He’s very interested and he wants to watch my sophomore film to see how I progress. I think I could get an offer from them. We’ll see what happens this year.”
Saturday was also the second time deWeaver’s parents were able to not only get a better feel for the school but with the Michigan coaching staff as well, walking away feeling confident in what the Wolverines have to offer their son.
“They feel more comfortable with the coaches now, now that they know them,” deWeaver said. “They already were impressed just cause of the tradition and things like that but they like it. They told me they like it.”
Standing apart from everything else the morning visit had to offer, deWeaver couldn’t fight the feeling that rushed through his body when he donned the Maize & Blue in the locker room, a feeling Trotwood Madison alum and former Michigan wide receiver Roy Roundtree could only describe to him beforehand.
“Favorite part would have to be trying on the jersey and helmet,” deWeaver said. “It makes you feel like you’re really there playing.”
A busy week for deWeaver, picking up an offer from the Louisville Cardinals and competing in Ohio State’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ camp Friday evening, the young man hit the freeway Saturday afternoon heading straight for some fun at Cedar Point before returning home to prepare for fall camp.
DeWeaver is eyeing game visits this fall, citing Louisville and Michigan as two that he’d anxious to get to.