Rutgers Commit Wiegers Staying Focused

Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day quarterback Tyler Wiegers has a ninth straight win on his radar as his run through the state playoffs continues Friday. After producing five touchdowns last week, Wiegers spoke with about staying solid to Rutgers during a time where others reopened the recruiting process.

Rutgers quarterback commit Tyler Wiegers was sad to see the departures of Adonis Jennings and Kiy Hester, but said it will have no impact on his standing and belief in the Scarlet Knights.

The standout from Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day wanted to be a leader in the Rutgers recruiting class, and plans to remain vocal during his run into the Michigan State playoffs.

"It doesn't change anything for me," Wiegers said. "It's sad that those guys aren't sticking to their initial commitment, but we'll be fine."

Wiegers is a hot commodity as a three-star quarterback with a 6-foot-3 frame, but said he isn't hearing from or talking to anyone except for the Rutgers staff.

"I haven't had any other schools talk to me or talked to other schools," Wiegers said. "I know there was something asking me about if Iowa was or not. I haven't heard from any schools since the summer. I'm not looking at any other schools. … I don't need to."

Iowa offered Wiegers during the summer, and remained in pursuit. According to Detroit Country Day coach Dan Maclean, Wiegers is not reciprocating interest from other programs.

"People are still interested, but I think Tyler has been very good about saying that his intentions haven't changed," Maclean said. "He doesn't let any of that become a distraction. He's done a very good job managing that. … I give him a lot of credit for that, because that can be a big distraction."

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood spent the first bye week of the season to go see Wiegers throw live, and is in the process of setting up an official visit.

Wiegers will visit Dec. 14 or in January pending his playoff schedule. He camped at Rutgers over the summer and unofficially visited during his spring break before making a commitment.

"I talk to them regularly and I'm getting updates all the time," Wiegers said. "I have a great relationship with all of them, and I'm excited to get out there for a visit after the season."

On the field, Wiegers is the key face in eight straight victories for his school. Starting the year 0-3, Wiegers and other leaders put together a run that remains ongoing into the playoffs.

Wiegers produced five touchdowns in a 49-27 victory last week, and has his sights set on a state championship.

"I have a lot of really good stuff to look forward to in the future, but you always have to be focused on the present," Wiegers said. "You have to apply yourself to that, and not look ahead to Rutgers. We have a few guys on the team that are committed, and I think we're all doing a great job with that. Stay in the moment."

Detroit Country Day's bounce back comes with many thanks to his leadership, Maclean said.

"He's have a great year for us," Maclean said. "He's running our offense. He's making a lot of checks on his own, calling his own plays and reading coverages. He's just understanding. For instance, the first two scores of our last game, they were completely because of plays that he got us into. He read the defense."

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