Messiah deWeaver was on a mission heading into a busy summer.
Several camps stops were on the docket and the three-star quarterback from Trotwood (Ohio) Madison high school knew it was his chance to earn scholarship offers from several different programs.
Fortunately for deWeaver, he saved himself a lot of travel by earning an offer from the Michigan Wolverines after a consistent showing at their camp in Ann Arbor, promptly committing that same day.
“I had a plan going into camps,” deWeaver said. “I wanted to get as many offers as I could around the country.
“It just happened that Michigan was really the place I wanted to be so when I got that one I didn’t want to talk to any other schools, that was where I wanted to be.”
In the heart of the Buckeye state, deWeaver now has two years to deal with friendly ribbing every time he wears his maize and blue apparel around town.
According to deWeaver, it’s nothing he’s not used to.
“It’s Ohio so Ohio State, you get a lot of Ohio State fans and stuff but I talk to Roy Roundtree and he just tells me that it’s going to be like that the next two years so you got to just stay strong,” deWeaver said. “It’s funny but it’s going to happen.”
deWeaver is also making things happen in the weight room. A year ago deWeaver was all of 6-foot-3 but skinny as a rail. Knowing this and taking quite a few hits as a sophomore for the Rams, deWeaver made a complete commitment to his body and the strength gains are eye popping.
“I gained like 22 pounds or something,” deWeaver said. “I was about 180 and I’m about 206 now so probably about 26-pounds.
“In the weight room, I took it serious. I didn’t play basketball cause that extra weight would’ve been taken off of me running up and down the floor so I was trying not to play basketball and all my weights went up and exercises went up, eating right, I just saw my weight go up and body changing.”
Getting set to make a return trip to Ann Arbor for this weekend’s barbecue, deWeaver has another plan in mind, continuing to stay in the ear of some potential future teammates.
“I’ve been talking to a couple guys already,” deWeaver said. “I’ve been talking to Austin Mack and Elijah Holyfield. I don’t think those guys were originally coming up for the barbecue but I got in their ear and talked to their parents and they wanted to come too so I got those guys to come.
“I’m not going to pressure them too hard, it’s their decision and you don’t want to make somebody do something they don’t want to do. You just have to have a fine line when you’re doing it and see what they want to do first.
“If I feel like they really want to be here then I’ll put the full court press on them.”
Now, heading into a big junior season on the high school level, deWeaver is dedicating his time to the Rams program.
“It’s really just about my (high school) team now,” deWeaver said. “We’re doing 7 on 7’s and working out with my quarterback coach and getting into the flow of things getting ready for our first game.”