Gophers Get QB Commitment

The Gophers received another football commitment Tuesday morning, this one coming from Mounds View quarterback Adam Weber. Find out what one of the state's top QBs told about his decision.

Adam Weber, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior-to-be from Arden Hills (MN) Mounds View, is considered one of Minnesota's top quarterback prospects in the Class of 2006. He gave his commitment to the University of Minnesota on Tuesday.

"For the past week I've been looking at the U of M and Wisconsin, and I've just been getting comfortable in my mind with the U of M," Weber said Tuesday night. "I kind of realized this would be the place I would want to spend the next four or five years of my life in, and I'm comfortable with it. It's a beautiful campus. The coaching staff, I've got such a good relationship with them, and they've got a football team that's starting to be something special."

Weber said regional recruiting coach Gordon Shaw and quarterbacks coach Tony Petersen were the main recruiters for him. "I've gotten to know Coach Peterson really well. Not only is he a great coach, he's a great person," Weber said.

He said he hasn't talked in great detail with the coaching staff on his outlook, but he has been told redshirting his first season is a possibility with the likelihood that he'd compete for a job the following year.

Weber, the son of former Gopher defensive back Bobby Weber, said his father didn't play a big part in his decision.

"He was happy with whatever school I chose. He may have been a little biased, but he didn't let me know about it," Adam said. "Whatever place was right for me, he was going to let me make that decision. He kind of stayed quiet about it and let things fall in my lap."

Weber will be a three-year starter for the Mustangs and he has played on the varsity since he was a freshman. He led Mounds View to a 7-5 mark as a sophomore as the Mustangs advanced to the AAAAA state tournament, where they lost to Hastings in a heartbreaker, 28-27, as they failed to convert a two-point conversion on the last play of the game. Weber rushed 96 times for 442 yards and four touchdowns and passed for 905 yards and six touchdowns.

He improved on those numbers this past season when he completed 81 of 158 passes for 1,344 yards with 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The Mustangs finished 6-3 and were upset 24-14 by Centennial in the Class 5A, Section 4 first-round playoffs.

Weber attended the four-day Gopher camp last summer. He was also 5-1 as a pitcher for the Mustangs as a sophomore and played for the Mounds View basketball team that finished in third place in the Class AAAA Tournament.

It was at that football camp that he met some other current Gophers that had an influence in his decision. He got to know Eric Decker from a U of M camp last summer, as well as Marcel Jones.

Weber made the decision quite simply because the time was right for him.

"This past week I started getting kind of antsy because I knew which school was right for me and which school I wanted to play at," he said. "If I would talk to any more college coaches, I would have to be lying to them, and I just didn't want to do that. I was ready to make a decision and I wanted to do that."

Weber said he hasn't decided on a major, and called both Minnesota and Wisconsin good academic schools.

In the end, Minnesota won out.

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