Local OL Prospect talks RU and Recruiting

Mike Weich stands in at 6-foot-4 and 290-pounds while playing the tackle position on the offensive side of the ball for Livingston HS. A guard prospect at the collegiate level, Weich has played out of position and been moved around all year to help make his team better -- it's precisely this type of "team comes first" attitude, to go along with his size, footwork and mechanics, that has several schools taking a hard look at Weich.

Mike Weich was one of several local Senior High School stars that was on hand for the Rutgers-Navy football game this past Saturday. Weich, who has camped at Rutgers got the opportunity to see first hand just how far Rutgers Football has come.

"It was really a huge win for them. It became a really special moment for everyone at the end, knowing that Rugers was finally Bowl Eligible," stated Weich.

Mike Weich [6-foot-4 and 290-pounds]

Weich, a New Jersey resident by way of Livingston Senior HS(Livingston, NJ), is no stranger to Rutgers Football. Coming to Scarlet Knight games as a youth was a common thing for his family.

"As a kid, I had been to quite a few Rutgers games and too many times the final score would basically bring too much misery to Rutgers' fans."

"You could see the expressions on the players when they finally knew that they were Bowl Eligible. It was such a special feeling."

With Weich sitting almost directly behind the defensive line unit on the Rutgers side, he was able to focus on some of the Scarlet Knights' defensive stalwarts.

"We sat in the first row, just behind the defensive line bench. I was focusing on Ryan Neill for a part of the game. He's got such a great motor. He is a great football player and he is such a leader out there always talking to the team and always communicating with them," continued Weich.

For Weich, this unofficial trip was not just about taking in a Rutgers Football game. This weekend was also about talking to the Rutgers coaching staff, getting a feel for the Rutgers campus and atmosphere, and trying to get a read on the status of his recruitment.

"I talked to Coach Susan briefly. He told me they are very interested. He told me he wants as much film as possible from my games this year. I also talked to Coach Flood briefly, who would be my position coach and I thought that went well. I also talked to Coach McNulty, who is my recruiter. He told me he plans on coming out to one of my games one of these weekends."

Where does Weich currently stand with Rutgers?

"The way Coach Flood described it to me is that in about two weeks the coaching staff will get together and evaluate everything."

And a decision regarding a possible offer to Weich may come immediately thereafter.

Weich has not currently made firm official visit plans.

"My season is coming to an end within the next couple of weeks and I should have a better idea on where I would plan to go then."

Having said that, Weich states that possible schools of destination (for an official visit) include Army, Rutgers, Connecticut, and North Carolina State. Also on the list of possibilities are Toledo, Syracuse and Virginia.

Weich has been having himself a solid senior season. His squad is off to a 5-3 start and is awaiting decision on whether they are playoff bound.

"Individually, I'm playing very well. We throw the ball a lot so I have had some good opportunities at pass protection," stated Weich.

"We play in a great conference. We're 5 and 3 now. I'm really happy with where our team is."

Offensively, Weich, though best suited for the G spot, has been moved all over the place and is now residing at the T position. Displaying the characteristics that make a player a great team member, Weich has had no issues with playing at a position other than his natural position. A solid character whose focus is "team first", a very well-spoken individual who is already fully qualified, Weich has the make-up that will make a D-I program happy for a number of years.

Weich's Profile
Bench: 410-pounds.
Clean: 325-pounds.
Squat: 490-pounds.

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