RECRUITING: California DE has OU in top five

San Jose DE has the combination of size, speed and strength that has college coaches drooling


Schweiger stunned all coaches in attendance at the recent Nike Camp in Palo Alto, Calfornia, when he motored with ease to a 4.56 forty at 245 pounds. One camp observer said it looked like Schweiger wasn't even trying when he posted such a quick forty time. Then, add to the fact that Schweiger is just one of the most physical and most talented defensive ends in the country and you have a player that every college in the country wants.

Schweiger is a 3-year starter who also doubles at times as a tight end on offense. Last season Schweiger finished with 141 tackles, 13 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, 12 hurries, three fumble recoveries, three deflected passes and one caused fumble.

"I like the freedom of playing defense end,"said Schweiger. "I especially like playing defensive end in college, because you have a lot of freedom to excel at both rushing the passer and defending the run. In high school I play stand-up defensive end and I am not as free, but I still get to play my game for the most part. Most colleges play their defensive ends in a position where they can make a lot of plays, and I will certainly look for that kind of defensive scheme in the college that I choose."

Schweiger can bench 345 pounds, squats 450 and he posted a 31-inch vertical jump at the NIKE camp. Schweiger runs the 100-meter (11.4) and he throws the shot (47), but admits that he just uses track to train for football. However, can't you see the eyes of those small sprinters when this guy gets into the blocks for the 100-meter dash?

Schweiger has so many offers that he has lost count, but he says they are probably around 35.

"I like USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Miami and Michigan as my top five," said Schweiger. "I don't mind going to school out of state, but I have to admit that USC is probably my favorite right now. I went to their defensive line camp and I met Coach (Pete) Carroll, and he is a really nice guy. I would say they probably lead, because I know more about them at this point. Oklahoma in my opinion has one of the best defenses in the country, if not the best. I have heard some great things about coach (Bob) Stoops and I definitely want to learn more about the school."

Schweiger probably won't go to any other football camps, but does admit that he will go camping in Oregon this summer. You know — the outdoor kind of camping.

"Yeah, we are planning to go camping this summer," said Schweiger. "My dad and I just throw our weights into the back of the truck and go hang out in the woods for a couple of days. My father and I lift weights together quite a bit. We usually have the weights in our garage and we use those, but most of the time we have a small gym that we pretty much have to ourselves."

Jeff's father — Jeff Sr. — was an All-American linebacker at San Jose State.

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