Weaver Discusses Visit; Position Change

It was an important weekend for the Aggie football team's future, as many recruits were on hand in College Station to take in the Maroon and White experience. Websider's David Sandhop catches up with Andrew Weaver about his visit and discusses his plans as well as other updates from the weekend.

The Texas A&M staff held its biggest official visit weekend of the year as over 15 A&M commitments and uncommitted players made their way to College Station and the Texas A&M campus for a chance to meet with coaches, current players, and socialize with each other and discuss the future of Aggie football. Based on feedback from several players returning from the weekend's festivities, the event was a success that netted at least one new commitment, 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive lineman Spencer Nealy of San Antonio Reagan who pledged to the A&M staff and will grayshirt next fall.

One of the A&M commitments in attendance was Waco High defender Andrew Weaver. The Aggie Websider caught up with the 6-foot-2, 215-pound prospect, who shared his experiences from the weekend.

"Cyrus Gray was my host, and he offered me three pieces of advice," Weaver said. "First, he said always be on time. Whatever you do, you better be on time. Second, he said play lights out and go hard every single play. The coaches are tough about that. Third, he said believe in yourself and play with confidence. He said if I did that, I'd be fine."

Weaver and his future teammates had a busy weekend. On Friday, the players toured the facilities at the Bright Complex, ate, and then headed over to Coach Sherman's house for dessert and some social time.

"That was fun. Coach has some land out there and he had a bonfire going," Weaver said. "He had a barn with a bunch of TV's, X-Boxes and all kinds of electronic games. A lot of us played Madden and we just hung out and played."

It was back to business on Saturday as the players met with their respective position coaches, academic counselors, and then finally a one-on-one meeting with the head coach. It was during this session that Weaver learned he'll be changing positions at the next level. Initially recruited as a pure linebacker, the staff introduced the idea of rushing the quarterback with his hand on the ground as a defensive end.

"Coach said they were going back over my film and they think I have the speed and quickness to be a great pass rusher off the edge. I was thinking the same thing so I'm all for it," Weaver said. "They want to get faster and quicker on the outside to pressure the quarterback."

Currently at 215 pounds, the initial thought is that Weaver will need to hit the weight room and start bulking up for his new role, but that's not the message the coaching staff delivered on Sunday.

"They told me to run, run, run. They want me to focus on my agility and getting quicker and faster," Weaver said. "They said they plan to go smaller at defensive end and that they will worry about putting some size on me when I get there. They say it's all about speed now."

Toward the end of his meeting, Coach Sherman gave the Waco High product a few lasting words of advice and encouragement that hit home for the Scout.com three-star defensive product and.

"Coach Sherman said he expected three things from all his players and that if I do these three things I'll be a good student athlete here," Weaver said. "Number one, he said always be on time. Two, whatever happens take care of my academics. Three, always work hard at everything I do whether it's offseason workouts, practice, or the game."

It was back to socializing on Saturday night as the recruits took in the end-of-year football banquet and then hung out together as a group with several of the current freshmen on the team.

"Yeah, we had a great time hanging out together," Weaver said. "We all bonded together and it seems like we already knew each other. Some of the freshmen like Trent Hunter, Fuller, and Cyrus said that their class along with our class have to come together to get this program turned around. We'll be the nucleus of this team for the next 3-4 years and we need to be on the same page."

Weaver indicated that he'll likely come to College Station for the first summer session in June and plans to take some classes and workout with the team.




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