Visit W/ Nussmeier ‘Big' For Messiah deWeaver

Recently making his way to Ann Arbor to visit Michigan, 2016 Trotwood (Ohio) Madison quarterback Messiah deWeaver recaps his time with new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, the interaction between the two, his plans this spring, and more.

Already with two scholarship offers from Louisville and Kentucky, 2016 Trotwood (Ohio) Madison quarterback Messiah deWeaver is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing prospects in the Midwest.

Standing 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, deWeaver will eventually have a big decision to make when he commits to the college of his choice. As just a sophomore in high school, he already made a tough one as he decided to stop playing basketball in order to hit the weight room and attend speed-training workouts to improve his exploits on the football field.

Despite not holding a scholarship offer from Michigan, the Wolverines had built a solid foundation with deWeaver while former offensive coordinator Al Borges was calling the plays in Ann Arbor.

After Borges dismissal, former Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is now in the same role at Michigan, and was eager to meet one of the Wolverines top quarterback prospects in the 2016 class.

“He’s the one that wanted me to come up,” deWeaver said. “He’s a real down to earth type of guy. From his recent success winning national championships at Alabama, he was real down to earth. He expressed his interest in me and watched my film.

“Everything that I hoped he’d say he said to me. I’m high on his board and they’re just concentrating on getting a 2015 (quarterback) right now but he’s saying he’s very interested in me.”

The in person meeting with Coach Nussmeier proved critical for deWeaver, answering some of the uncertainty he temporarily had as Michigan made the change at offensive coordinator.

“It was very big,” deWeaver said. “Because that’s a school that I like. The offensive coordinator changes and I’m looking like well, I hope he likes me.

“Just my first time meeting him that’s what I wanted him to think like I hope he likes my film like the last one did. I understand it’s a business with college football.”

Not only did deWeaver need to get to know Coach Nussmeier on a more personal level, the lengthy, strong armed signal caller was also interested in hearing how he’d be used and what might be different about the Wolverines’ attack with a whole new playbook.

“Me, him and my dad had a meeting,” deWeaver said. “Mostly about the recruitment part and then we got into the offense about how he likes to be balanced and set up everything with the run. Real balanced, that Alabama type.

“I watched Alabama and I liked the way they play so offensively it wasn’t really anything I hadn’t heard of before.”

On his most recent visit, deWeaver says nothing new really stood out with Michigan, just gaining more and more familiarity with the Ann Arbor area and program.

“I’ve really built a good relationship with those coaches,” he said. “I’m on a first name basis with really all of them and it’s comforting that a school like that wants me.

“I like them, we both like each other so just waiting for the offer.”

In regards to an offer, deWeaver plans to be up to compete in Michigan’s football camp in June, as he did in 2013, and hopes he proves himself all over again. When a scholarship could be extended remains a mystery as the Wolverines continue to pursue 2015 targets.

“They’re recruiting me hard but they want to get 2015 down first before they focus on the 2016 (quarterback),” deWeaver said. “I mean I’m still a sophomore so I understand what they’re saying.”

Planning to also be up at Michigan for a spring practice, deWeaver says he has visits planned to Kentucky, Michigan State and Indiana, having already visited Tennessee and Kentucky in addition to the Wolverines since his season ended.


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