Trotwood-Madison (OH) quarterback Messiah deWeaver has been a household name on the recruiting trail for a while now, and it's easy to forget he is a 2016 prospect, with two years of high school remaining.
deWeaver, 6-foot-3, 205-pounds, committed to Michigan last month. Tuesday evening, he participated in an eight-team 7on7 event in Mansfield.
Showing better footwork, increased arm strength and a more accurate delivery, deWeaver continues to improve as a quarterback. It's exciting to think how good he can become in the next few years.
"It's been a few weeks since I committed to Michigan, and my focus now has turned to trying to win a state championship for my team," deWeaver stated. "I know I need to work harder and get a lot better before I'm ready to even think about playing quarterback for Michigan."
" I spoke to Coach (Doug) Nussmeier a few days ago, and we try to speak a couple times per week," he added. "He keeps telling me to keep my elbow high, and keep working on my footwork. He really liked my mechanics when I was in camp, so everything I need to work on we've already talked about."
"Repetition is the key, as well as getting bigger and stronger," he continued. "I feel I'm getting better, but I don't want to get too high on myself. I'm a more confident player now, and I'm better at reading coverages, so I should be better this season."
EVALUATION: This is a player I've been high on since seeing him as a freshman starter, and he has never stopped improving. deWeaver is so intelligent and works so hard, that I don't think we know how high the ceiling is for him right now. From a technical standpoint, he's doing everything better than a year ago. The increased weight and strength has made the ball come out much faster. His improved footwork has increased his accuracy dramatically. Seeing him in 7on7 reminds me of just how competitive he is, and deWeaver has led his team to the state title game both years as a starter. There is nothing not to like about Messiah deWeaver at this stage of his career, and I think Michigan has a future star on their hands.