Spokane’s Weaver doesn’t have to guess on WSU

SPOKANE’S EVAN WEAVER, the GSL defensive player of the year as a junior, took a recent trip to Washington State for the Cougars' junior day event. He's been to Wazzu plenty of times before but this was his first chance to meet the new Cougar assistant coaches.

“It went great. I got to meet the new coaches and the new coaches are awesome,” said Evan Weaver (6-3, 241) out of Gonzaga Prep.

Weaver said the Cougar coaching staff, one that includes new additions in outside linebacker coach Roy Manning and DC Alex Grinch, have left him with no doubts about how they feel about him. He said he talked with Mike Leach for 45 minutes about the WSU program.

“He seems really interested in me and that I’m a top priority for them,” said Weaver. “Coach Manning, he seems like a great guy, very energetic and really knows how to teach based on what I saw at the practice,” said Weaver. “A few of the younger guys messed up on one play, he calmed them down and then had them go over with the seniors and upperclassmen to iron it out. It’s looking like more of a family there (on defense) than before.

“Coach Grinch, he’s also very energetic, he knows what he wants and he talked to me and my parents about how much he wanted me to come there, how I’m a priority for them.”

Weaver said talking with Leach and meeting the new defensive coaches face to face were the highlight of his trip.

Weaver was named an All-State Class 4A selection by the Associated Press, Seattle Times and a Tacoma News Tribune all-classifications, all-state selection in addition to the GSL defensive player of the year. A big part of that, Weaver said, has to do with his speed.

“People don’t believe me but in baseball I’m a center fielder and I bat leadoff for my team at 6-3, 240,” said Weaver.

Weaver said his parents also came down and enjoyed the Cougs’ junior day. David Yost runs the recruiting point but Weaver also said as many as half a dozen WSU coaches are in contact through twitter and he receives handwritten letters at least once or twice a week.

Washington State likes him as a standup defensive end and/or linebacker who can drop back into coverage, Weaver said. Other unofficial visits that were planned for this month include Utah and Boise State.

Weaver said he plans on narrowing things down by the end of August and then setting up his official visits. He is ranked three stars and holds offers from WSU, Cal, Utah, BSU and others.

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