Weaver has trips in mind for the offseason

Spokane (Wash.) Gonzaga Prep defensive end Evan Weaver discusses the latest in his recruitment, his visit plans and where Oregon fits into the picture

Evan Weaver is a 2016 defensive prospect with a high motor and insatiable appetite for tackles. The three-star defensive end finished his junior season with 123 tackles, including 37 tackles for loss/sacks for Gonzaga Prep, becoming a consensus first team All-State selection.

While Weaver plays defensive end, he admitted that a lot of that is due to the fact that he’s one of the few big bodies on the team that can play the position. At the next level, he has the skill set to be a capable linebacker and shows that off on film. In describing his game, Weaver said that while his strength might be underrated, he thrives on speed.

“You don’t really realize my speed but when you watch some of my film, you see me run down running backs 60-70 yards downfield,” he said.

Additionally, Weaver's fondness for racking up several tackles stems from his technique and ensuring that he wraps up his target and drives them into the turf instead of looking for the big hit. Eager to continue improving, Weaver is already hard at work trying to top his 2014 junior campaign.

“Right now it’s just hitting the weight room and getting with my speed trainer and working on speed to get around the people,” he said. “Because being a D-lineman, most of us aren’t going to be 300 pounds like the O-line. You gotta have moves to get around the O-line. You have to watch film a lot and just be instinctive.”

His efforts have landed him two offers to date from Boise State and Washington State. Weaver indicated that neither of the two coaching staffs have been able to put their program ahead of the other.

“They both have been coming hard at me and pushing me,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll get swayed but the other one will come right back and sway me back to even. It’s kind of been a battle right now.”

Outside of those two schools, the talented 6-foot-3, 235-pounder has seen a number of schools start taking flyers on him.

“Right now I’m getting mail from USC, Oregon, Washington State, Boise (State), Washington, Nebraska, Purdue, Missouri, Arizona State, Northwestern and there’s a few more,” Weaver said of his current choices.

The Ducks have been in contact with Weaver since the start of the season, primarily through mail. The coaching staff has also spoken with his head coach about his character and leadership and requested his transcript. According to Weaver, he’s carrying above a 3.0 G.P.A. at the moment.

The attention from the Ducks, as well as their spot in the National Championship game next Monday, has Weaver hopeful for an offer down the road.

“They’re a high-powered team, and they go fast and they’re all about speed and I think that I’d work in really well because I have speed and I’m strong,” Weaver said of Oregon. “Getting an offer from Oregon would be great because their coaches, as I’ve heard, are great and their facilities are top notch. I haven’t been down to Eugene yet, but I’m planning on going to a camp or something down there to meet a few of the coaches and see the facilities. Everything I’ve heard about Oregon has been outstanding.”

Weaver intends on spending his offseason hitting camps and taking unofficial visits all over the country.

“I’m going to take a tour of Midwest during my spring break,” he said. “So Northwestern, Purdue, Nebraska, those areas. Then I’m going to USC’s elite day on January 31, and then I’m also going to go to UW’s junior day and one of Boise State’s three junior days.”

The Boise State visit will likely be during their spring game so that he’ll be able to possibly attend junior days at Oregon and Washington State.

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