Class of 2005: David Weaver

Remember the name David Weaver because several high-major programs are already all over the Black Mountain (NC) Owen HS junior. <P>

"This past summer he went to a tournament in Greensboro and after that my phone was ringing off the hook," Owen Coach Richard Snapp told StateFans. "At that point he had already been offered a scholarship by Tennessee but when he played well in Greensboro most of the ACC schools became involved."

Weaver, who stands 6'10 and 200 pounds, is a rising junior and still has two years of high school basketball left. What makes these high-profile programs interested in him so early?

"Potential... and he's got it. David's biggest strength is his athleticism. He gets off the floor well and is just a great athlete. He's 6'10 and he's so long that he plays even bigger then that. We think he has tremendous potential, and I think he's going to be a better college player then he is in high school."

Like last year with West Brunswick (NC) big man Cedric Simmons, NC State's attempting to get in on Weaver early to try and seal the deal. In fact, David visited the NC State campus on Monday, and was officially offered by the Wolfpack coaching staff at that time. Coach Snapp feels that he had a great visit.

"David really enjoyed himself on the visit. First of all, he's a 3.8/3.9 GPA kid so academics will come first and he likes that Coach Sendek stresses that. He also wants to major in computer science and he knows that NC State has a great program for that. I think he learned a lot on the visit."

"I think NC State's doing a fantastic job recruiting David. They work very hard and are really trying to get to the next level in the ACC. They stress academics, which is important, and they run an offense that any post player should love to play in. They have a great shot with him."

However, the Wolfpack faces stiff competition for the junior, as other ACC programs are interested.

"He has offers from Tennessee and NC State with Wake Forest looking like they will offer soon. Clemson and Georgia Tech have been calling and want him to visit them as well. David knows that he wants to stay close to home, so I think it will be between NC State, Wake Forest, and Tennessee with the others right below them."

"Tennessee was the first to offer and Coach Peterson is from Asheville. It's close to home and they are going to probably be the only non-ACC school that David will consider."

"We visited Wake Forest already and they are recruiting David hard. However, they haven't offered him a scholarship, but I think they will very soon. It's another school that's stressing academics."

Already a priority for these programs, NC State Head Coach Herb Sendek and Wake Forest's Skip Prosser are actually headed to Black Mountain for an open gym tonight where Weaver will be featured.

"Coach Sendek and Coach Prosser are going to be here tonight to watch David work out. It actually just worked out that way with both of them coming in. It shows how interested they are in him, because I know that at this time they could be visiting anybody in the country yet they are going to be here looking at a 15-year old junior. It's easy for assistants to call or send letters, but when the main man shows up, that's important."

Should we expect David to make an early pledge?

"I'm not too sure if he will or not. He's a good kid and his family's going to be involved with his decision. I really think academics will end up playing a major role because he's one injury away from not being guaranteed anything."

Keep an eye out for David Weaver... he's a high priority.

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