QB Brett Weyman: recruiting discovery of the year

Max Emfinger profiles super-star quarterback Brett Weyman, who will be camping at Vanderbilt.

Today, in order to play quarterback in a major college football program, coaches demand more than proven athletic skill, that just gets you in the door. It's almost like and it is very similar to the NFL Draft. The major colleges demand that a prospect be top quality from every aspect from tip to toe. In every such category available, Brett Weyman excels.

He has the complete package of talent with all of the other intangibles, or in other words, all of the extras, which the top college programs expect to get in their quarterback. This is what makes Brett Weyman ahead of most of the rest.

Every year, for 25 years, I have tried to pick these winners. My job has always been to try to recognize the top high school football talent, after their junior season. Trying to predict who will become highly successful at the college level and then into the pros is not an exact science, but I have always tried to use exact practices.

My number one player, might be someone else's number five player or number fifty-five player, but we seldom agree. That is why it is very gratifying for me when I am able to find a player, and then, other national recruiting analysts agree with me on that player and his ability.

Earlier this spring, I was sent a highlight film on a player at a Prep School in Connecticut. I had so many game tape in my office, it took me awhile to sit down and finally watch the highlight film. When I finally got a chance to watch the tape, I was shocked at this kid and his overall ability. This kid, Brett Weyman really reminded me of a lot of different quarterbacks that I had seen in the past, but the one quarterback that I compared him to was a former Denver Broncos quarterback by the name of John Elway.

Brett Weyman, (6-3, 225, 4.53) of Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut is definitely the best high school quarterback in the East this year and by all of my standards, he has the overwhelming qualities that are necessary at the next level. For this reason, he has now earned my ranking as one of the top quarterbacks in the country.

With all of these many qualities, Weyman could easily be ranked as the number one quarterback. However, being new on the scene at quarterback, I feel that other field generals such as Kyle Wright have logged quality and valuable playing time over the last few years, and Wright justly deserves the number one quarterback tag.

Ironically, Matt Flynn (6-3, 218, 4.54) of Tyler Lee, Texas is still another quarterback that I initially found and he also is now being given a top five or six quarterback ranking.

But this is "The Incredible Journey" about Brett Weyman, who three months ago was a relatively unknown, until I discovered him on that highlight film. Now everyone who has seen him, is in full agreement, with me, and they all feel that he deserves to be ranked among the nations best quarterback prospects.

I have evaluated most every top quarterback prospect in this recruiting class, and Weyman has the greatest number of necessary qualities that a college quarterbak needs to be successful. In my opinion, he has great physical athletic skills, a tremendous throwing motion, a John Elway type quick release, great character, and the great brain power to handle any complex situation in this sport. He also has an uncanny work ethic, second to none in America.

He represents a new breed of player who was professionally trained to become a top prospect. He has spent two years of his life working five hours a day with professionals, training for every aspect of his quarterback position. This includes 4:30 A.M. wake-up calls for two miles of walking lunges, on Saturdays. As a result, Weyman has built himself into a top prospect, who, perhaps has the greatest upside of all of the quarterbacks. The real scary thing is that he is getting better everyday.

As a former baseball pitcher, who never played football before last season, Weyman strapped on his pads last September for the first time and threw for 200-yards and two touchdowns in the first half of his first game that he had ever played. He finished the eight game season with 1,520-yards, 13 touchdowns, with only 5 interceptions, and an amazing 26-yards per completion, in just 104 passing attempts. Also remember, that this was an average of only 13 throws per game on a predominant running team who threw mostly on predictable passing downs. That's an amazing talent.

It's all in his eyes! (ME)

When I reviewed his film, I was struck with Brett's poise and polish from the pocket. You could never tell he was a new player. He was super calm and relaxed, and you could tell that his great vision was his greatest attribute as a quarterback.

His film showed him looking off primary receivers to fool the defense, and then come back to hit them once they broke clear. If they were covered initially, he would buy time rolling smoothly left or right until the coverage spread, then he would throw effortlessly on the run to a back, a tight end, or a re-adjusting receiver. This, is that extra dimension that both John Elway and Brett Farve have as great quarterbacks.

Like Farve, Elway, and Curt Warner, Brett's eyes are his greatest attribute, that makes him so special. He reads the field like a morning newspaper. He has an uncanny ability to wait that extra second. He uses his speed and quickness to avoid the rush, as he waits for the receiver to clear. His head is on a turret. When he finds his man, his arm is strong, his release quick, and his accuracy is uncanny. This one dimension is why Brett Weyman might become great. And It just might be the quality that gets him into major stadiums on Sundays, after his college career.

Brett Weyman is a great field general with great vision. (ME)

Another special throwing quality that Weyman possesses, is his uncanny touch on the football. His deep ball comes down into the receivers outstretched hands so softly and catchable, I think even I could catch it. He is a natural at this position and it shows. So, when I compared him to Elway, some were surprised that I would rate an relatively unknown newcomer so high. That was...until they saw his film.

"I looked at the Brett Weyman tape two or three times," said Chris Pool of Midwest Recruiting who is one of my colleagues at The Insiders.com. "On film Brett looks like a cross between Brett Farve and John Elway. Weyman has the body of Farve and the super quick release of Elway. Brett has a strong arm, but he also shows a feathery touch. He also sees the entire field and his pass drops are near flawless."

"Weyman can do it all," said Pool. "He throws great on the run and to either side of the field. He runs through all his checks, before he delivers a bullet to a receiver. To put it plain and simple, Weyman is pure athlete," said Pool.

"I tell everyone that I talk to that is looking for a quarterback that his upside is terrific! Brett Weyman is one of the best I have seen, because game film doesn't lie," said Jamie Newberg of The Insiders."

In discussing Brett Weyman with his dad, Grant Weyman, "With as big of numbers as Brett put up for a short season and relatively few attempts, completing 54 per cent of his passes, coaches are doing the math. If Brett had thrown, say nearly 400 times like his fellow signal caller, and my number one quarterback, Kyle Wright, from California, Brett's numbers would have been in the stratosphere, and one of the nation's highest. It is not just probable, it is possible, because Brett Weyman is that good."

Speaking of Kyle Wright he went up against Weyman at the recent NIKE Camp at Stanford. Wanting to compete against the best, Weyman talked his dad into sending him 3,000 miles across the country to this NIKE Camp, because it was supposed to be the biggest and probably the best of the Nike Camps. His goal was to compete against the best quarterbacks in the country and he knew that Kyle Wright and Dennis Dixon, both from California, and Johnny Durocher from Washington were all going to be there.

"Brett Weyman came all the way from Connecticut and he had a very solid day," said Greg Biggins, the NIKE Camp player personnel director and another national analyst for The Insiders. "He can make all the throws, he has a strong arm, and he tested very well, running a 4.12 in the shuttle. He definitely looks the part of a High Division I quarterback. He was as impressive as any quarterback on this day."

"Although I train Brett, I would never give credit if credit was not true or due," said Stacy Dove, who accompanied Brett to Stanford as his chaperone. "There were a lot of talented kids out there, but Brett definitely shined, and he was as quick as a big cat. To think he could travel all day on Friday on two planes, and then get up Saturday morning to compete and perform like he did, was a testimony to his aggressiveness and to his belief in himself. Brett really accomplished his mission out there and he made a huge impact."

"I train pro athletes," said Dove. We're talking about guys in the NFL, NBA, Iron Man, etc. Brett Weyman is the only high school kid that has ever made it through my program, which includes 2 mile walking lunges on Saturday mornings at 4:30 A.M. when it is cool down here in the preseason. Brett stands right next to Travis Jervey, one of the NFL's fastest and strongest per pound athletes and Brett goes through the same regime."

"From the very beginning I wanted to put 35-pounds of muscle on Brett's great frame for one thing - durability. It took two years to accomplish. From what I saw out at the NIKE Camp last weekend, all that those kids do is work on technique - but 98% of them lack the muscular skeleton to take hits at the next level. In my opinion, most of those kids will turn into receivers or safeties. There is no way they can take a full force hit, after the throw, time and time again, say from a Julius Peppers, whose job it is to put quarterbacks out of the game," said Dove.

"What these quick glance camps do not bring out, is that conditioning and strength training at the highest level, is what it takes to go the distance," said Dove. "Brett is a man child who has a two year jump on all these kids that I saw with progressive training - which means he is continuing to go up the ladder, physically and mentally...a kid now who wants to compete with him now, can't possibly catch him and that's why I firmly believe Brett is second to none in his class from a strength-to-speed-to weight ratio."

"Your approach to Brett as the 'complete package prospect' is the correct one. There may be another better passer, a faster runner, a higher jumper, but not in one complete body that also incorporates all of his intangibles."

"When I first met Brett Weyman, I could not believe that he was just a high school kid," said running back Travis Jervey of the Atlanta Falcons. "I have trained next to him now for two years and believe me when I tell you, that this kid has got it all together. He's bigger and quicker than a lot of NFL quarterbacks right now. He's going to be as good as he wants to be."

In my opinion, Brett Weyman is the top high school quarterback in the East. He is an unbelievable physical specimen who professional trainers believe has one of the best prototypical bodies built for the speed and the durability that it takes to play this position at the high Division I level of college football. Brett looks like the seasoned athlete, he is. He is very mature and man-like in appearance.

Brett's speed coach, Dr. Bob Clark of Speed Science LLC, in Hartford has clocked Brett in a 4.49 on turf and a 4.53 on grass.

His Stanford NIKE Camp shuttle speed of 4.12 is very fast for a big quarterback. Brett has a 134 IQ, so he can understand this complicated position and process information quickly.

Kevin Driscoll, the head coach of Avon, is the man responsible for giving Brett his start, when he turned down other experienced quarterbacks, in favor of the baseball pitcher who wanted to play football. "I just had a hunch, said Coach Driscoll.

"He was big, strong, and a fast athlete with a burning desire to play football, so I went with him. After his first game, we all knew that he was going to be great. He helped lead us to our conference championship, last year. He has all the skills and his upside is huge. Brett is the complete package," said Coach Driscoll.

Brett has heard from over 50 schools. He is being actively recruited by the elite college football school programs who live by the "pass" which obviously suits Brett's drop back, pro-style. Miami, Maryland, Purdue, Stanford, South Carolina, LSU, headline the schools that are wooing him.

Brett will be a busy camper in the coming two months. "On June 1, I will be at Vanderbilt for a one-day camp," says Weyman. "Then on June 16-18, I will be at South Carolina. On June 19-21, I'll be at Maryland and then Miami on June 22-23."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Originally, Weyman had listed the Purdue Camp on June 1, but the Vanderbilt coaching staff really made a very sincere plea for him to come to their Camp and so they decided to cancel the Purdue Camp for the Vanderbilt Camp.

"I will be at the Boston College Camp on June 24-25 and then I will be at North Carolina State on June 25-26. After that, I will be at Yale for our Avon team camp."

"I'm very excited about competing at all of these camps, but the one that I'm really looking forward to is the LSU Camp on July 21-22," said Weyman. "At that LSU Camp, it will be like another NIKE Camp at Stanford, because top rated quarterbacks including Matt Flynn, Robert Lane, and Jamarcus Russell will all be there.

Brett Weyman has a 3.4 GPA at one of the highest rated Northeast boarding schools in the country, where they go to school six days a week. He is running for student council next year. He is an accomplished musician who reads music. His character is beyond reproach, his record clean. He speaks with authority.

Brett Weyman is respectful, reserved, conservative, and very self confident. He is a quality individual. For theses reasons, he is also a candidate for the ULTIMATE SUPER SEVEN which is based on his football abilty, academics, leadership, and high moral standards. But, above all, he is a very serious football player, with his eye on developing his skills into the future. Football is Brett's mission and he is relentless in attaining his mission.

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