After backing off an early verbal commitment to Duke, offensive lineman Doug Weaver has become a wanted man as of late. The rising senior has picked up offers from NC State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Maryland and Wake Forest to go along with the Blue Devils.
Weaver recently checked in at 6-7, 282 pounds and ran a 5.5-second 40-yard dash at the Scout.com combine held at Duke recently. College coaches are enamored with Weaver's frame and the fact he was a dominant lineman in 2005 for Person High School in Roxboro, NC. He finished off the year with all-conference, all-area and all-state second team honors. Weaver told Pack Pride he's worked hard to become an all-around offensive lineman.
"In pass blocking, my coach says I have good feet," said Weaver. "In run blocking, I just try to hit somebody and then get downfield. Really, I think I do a pretty good job at both."
In addition to the aforementioned schools that have offered, Weaver said that a number of other schools have taken a keen interest in his potential.
"I'm getting good interest from Virginia and Virginia Tech," he said. "Kansas State is showing a lot of interest since Ron Prince was at Virginia. I'm also hearing from Tennessee, Auburn and Florida. Doc Holliday text messages me a lot. I've also gotten some stuff from UNC."
Although Weaver seemingly ended his recruiting early in the process with an oral commitment to Duke, he decided to back off that pledge when the Blue Devils told him they didn't want him to visit any other schools.
"When I committed to Duke, they told me that they didn't want me to go visit any other schools," he said. "I just felt like I had to make the best decision for me and I wanted the chance to explore my options. I really just wanted to be certain I was making the right decision."
Although he declares that he is open among the schools recruiting him, Weaver did name five programs that he's keeping a close eye on.
"If I had to narrow it down to five, I'd say NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia, UNC and Duke are in there. The thing for me is I'm a big family guy and I want to stay close to home. That's the number one appealing thing to me. I would say I'm probably going to end up with one of the schools in the ACC."
NC State is a school that appears to be solidly in the mix and the Pack has had success at Person High School in the past. Weaver talked about the Wolfpack.
"I went and watched them at a scrimmage, and I like the way they get after it," he said. "I like their intensity. I love the equipment there, and the stadium is getting bigger. They also talked to me about a new major they've got, and I've got a lot of interest in that. It's called Sports Management, and I think they just started it within the last few years so I've been looking into that. I really like what the program has done. It was a little shaky after Philip (Rivers) left but that's going to happen to a lot of teams when you lose a player like that. I'm really excited to see how they do this year."
Weaver also chimed in on a couple of the Wolfpack coaches recruiting him.
"Coach Cignetti is the one that sends me mail and text messages me," he said. "I also had a chance to meet coach (Pat) Meyer and that dude is crazy. I love his intensity and it reminds me a lot of my offensive line coach now. He's an in-your-face guy and I know that's the best thing for you to help you get better. You look at how he can lift and anybody that can run like that, that's impressive."
With a recruiting battle looming that is certain to be fierce, college coaches will be scrambling to put their best foot forward for Weaver in the coming months. He said he plans to make his college decision sometime near the end of his senior season.
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