Where does Spokane 3-star DE stand on WSU?

SPOKANE THREE-STAR defensive end/linebacker recruit Evan Weaver out of Gonzaga Prep already holds two Pac-12 offers, including one from Washington State. Is the reigning Greater Spokane League defensive player of the year – ranked among the state’s top prospects in the 2016 class by Scout.com -- looking to make a quick decision or let things play out? What does he think about the Cougs?

Weaver told Cougfan.com he is months away from choosing a school.

“I’m just keeping everything open right now,” Weaver said.

Washington State was the first to offer Weaver, then came Boise State, followed by Cal just this Thursday.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 227 pounds, the three-star recruit plays defensive end for Gonzaga Prep, which runs a 4-3 base defense. Weaver said some college coaches are telling him he projects as an outside linebacker at the next level.

Weaver is more than familiar with WSU. He attended the Cougs’ junior day event last year, when he got to know the coaching staff better and has made a few other trips down US 195 to take in practice.

He came away impressed with two things: WSU’s new facilities and Mike Leach’s coaching staff.

"Those facilities are great,” Weaver said. “They're top-notch, brand new. They're definitely trying to move their program in the right direction and I believe that they will be in the right direction with the coaches they have now. They really seemed to understand the game.”

Former WSU defensive coordinator Mike Breske was originally one of Weaver’s recruiters but after Breske was dismissed a few days after this past season ended, special teams coordinator Eric Mele and defensive line coach Joe Salave’a have assumed that role. Weaver said he has yet to meet newly-hired WSU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.

Despite going to high school just 90 minutes north of WSU’s Pullman campus, Weaver said he didn’t grow up a Cougars fan. In fact, he doesn’t really have a favorite team.

"I wasn't really a certain team's fan,” Weaver said. “I was just a college football fan in general. I just knew that I always wanted to play college football but I wasn't sure where."

The Cougars have had some success recruiting Gonzaga Prep over the years. Former WSU linebacker Steve Gleason, who went on to a seven-year NFL career as a special teams wizard with the New Orleans Saints before waging a courageous battle against ALS, attended high school at the private Catholic high school. Defensive end/buck linebacker Travis Long, a three-time conference honorable mention and second-team Pac-12 selection in 2011, was a three-year starter for the Bullpups as well.

Weaver said he doesn’t know Long personally, but that he plans to sit down and talk in the coming months with him and Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey, a Gonzaga Prep alum who reneged on his WSU verbal commitment before going on to star at UW.

Weaver recently attended Washington’s Junior Day came away impressed with their facilities but has yet to receive an offer from Huskies coach Chris Petersen.

Weaver said he won’t start narrowing down schools until his senior football season is closer, and he has no timetable yet for making a final decision.

Outside of his three offers, he said UW, Oregon, USC, Arizona State, Utah, Colorado, Colorado State, Wyoming, Northwestern, Purdue, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Missouri, Duke and Alabama are all showing interest.

In 2014, Weaver was an All-State Class 4A selection by the Associated Press, Seattle Times and a Tacoma News Tribune all-classifications, all-state selection. A quick glance at his stats show why:

He racked up 123 tackles (36 tackles-for-loss) with 14 sacks, six forced fumbles and blocked a field goal, an extra point and two punts. The Bullpups finished 10-2, their season ending in the quarterfinals to eventual state championship runner-up Chiawana. But Weaver was named All-Area defensive MVP. He is a two-time, first-team All-State selection.

What will Weaver’s decision come down to?

"Honestly, my top three things right now are academics, playing time and a program that is winning,” he said. “Or, will they win when I'm there?"


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