Weaver Looking Forward To Future

With his senior season coming to a close with a loss in the first round of the playoffs, future Demon Deacon offensive line commitment Doug Weaver will now look forward to his future in the Wake Forest program.

Person High School offensive lineman Doug Weaver led his team to the playoffs this year and a 7-4 overall record. "I started off playing this year wanting to do as much as possible for our team because it was the last year our head coach was going to be there and my friends had been playing with me since we were little and we wanted to go with a big bang," he said. "We did as good as we could and made it to the playoffs."

Weaver, who helped lead his squad to a 7-4 record and a playoff berth, had a successful season on the field in helping Person to the playoffs. "I know a lot of people think that once I get the scholarship, I should go through the season easy and not get hurt but that just wasn't me. I'm not going to hold back anything. I want to go out and do some damage and let people know that Wake Forest is getting a hard-nosed player."

"It's unbelievable," Weaver said. "I've had people back before I committed and I was getting looks at big-time football schools saying go play for so-and-so. People are starting to realize that Wake Forest was on the rise for a few years but couldn't get it totally together and now they're winning those games. I love going to games. The atmosphere at the games is unbelievable."

Also unbelievable, according to Weaver is the way Coach Grobe, his staff, and players handle themselves, even in defeat. "I tell you one thing," Weaver said. "I know it is hard to lose but the attitude of Coach Grobe is unbelievable. After the game he came up and gave me a hug and said we just couldn't pull it out. He has a positive attitude all the time and isn't downing anyone. He's never got a negative attitude and I love that."

Next season, Weaver will officially join Grobe and his Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem. This past weekend, Weaver met with some of his future teammates, holding a tailgate and inviting several fellow 2007 commits to come by and join.

"We had a tailgate party," said the Roxboro native. "We got out there a little early and had John Stamper and his brother and Skylar Jones and some of his family come by, and then Brandon Pendergrass was supposed to come down but couldn't. Michael Hoag and dad and a friend came and we got together and hung out. I just wanted to get together with them and get a little closer."

Weaver will also get the opportunity to get to know fellow future Demon Deacons the first weekend of December when he, along with other committed and uncommitted prospects, make their official visits.

He will also continue to maintain his strength, speed, and fitness over the next few months to prepare for beginning at Wake Forest during the summer. He will workout with the wrestling team this year and will also continue to attend Acceleration Speed Training. He also will work with a tool that very few high school offensive lineman have access to at their houses. "I have a sled in my front yard like Wake Forest uses at practice that I use," Weaver noted. "We built that and I'm going to go out there and hit that a little bit."

"They told me I'll most likely red-shirt but I want to make it a hard decision for them," said Weaver, who has already qualified and will sign with Wake Forest on February 2nd. "I'm going to do my part to make them think about it a lot."

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