Weaver excited about the Deacs

Wake Forest was hoping to find a little more boom in their kickoffs next season. They think they found what they're looking for in Mike Weaver, a 6-foot-1, 182-pound place kicker from Southside High School in Elmira, N.Y. Weaver, a former soccer star, decided to play high school football in his senior season at Southside. The Demon Deacon coaches are happy that he did.

"My offer from Wake Forest came in January," said Mike Weaver. "Coach Mitchell, who coaches running backs and special teams, was my recruiter. He liked my strong leg and the power I have on my kickoffs. They want me to come in and win the starting job as the kickoff specialist next season.

"Wake Forest has a strong academic background, excellent facilities and an awesome coaching staff. I gave my commitment to Coach Grobe and Coach Mitchell when I was there on my official visit. They were both very excited and I couldn't be any happier to be a Deacon."

The staff ushered Weaver to campus the weekend of January 25-27. Weaver gave his pledge on the Sunday morning before heading back to Elmira. While Wake Forest was his lone offer when he committed, he was receiving high interest from Miami (Fla.), Penn State, Coastal Carolina, and Cincinnati.

"It was awesome being on campus," Weaver said. "It has beautiful scenery. I loved everything about it. The football stuff was amazing. One of my favorites parts though was talking to some of the professors of Kinesiology. That's what I want to major in. It was awesome talking with the teachers. I like how most classes there have a 10 to one student-teacher ratio. Sam Swank and Chad Hedlund were my host. Both were great guys. I loved hanging out with them and getting to know the campus."

Weaver had been an exceptional soccer player for the past five years before he decided to take a shot on the gridiron this season with the Southside Green Hornets.

"Actually I had a scholarship to play soccer in college," he explained,"but things ended up not working out. It was a hard decision to either continue playing soccer or play football. My travel team had made it to the state cup. I played forward and was a goal scorer. I decided though to pursue football. Some of my senior highlights were seven touchbacks in one game against Vestal and a 42 yard field goal in my first attempt."

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