3-star DE has high interest in WSU

THREE-STAR DEFENSIVE END Curtis Weaver has a strong relationship going with the Washington State staff. With Joe Salave’a and Roy Manning leading the charge, Weaver told Cougfan.com he’s got high interest in the Cougars. And an official visit to the Palouse is in the works.

It was in the spring that Manning spoke with Weaver to extend him the crimson offer and the WSU staff has been actively on him ever since.

“I got my offer from Washington State in May,” Weaver told CF.C. “I remember I was in school and my athletic director pulled me out of class to call Coach Manning. He then gave me the offer.

“I was very excited about it. It was my first Pac-12 offer, which meant a lot. The coaches showed that they believe I can play in the big leagues.”

THROUGHOUT HIS RECRUITMENT, Weaver has landed offers from WSU, Wisconsin, Virginia, Boston College, Nevada and a few others. The 6-3, 270-pounder, who lists no favorites, said he likes the way the WSU staff has been on him thus far.

“I speak with Coach Manning and Coach Salave’a weekly,” he said. “My mom was going to call Coach Manning today (Monday) to speak with him a little more about the program. I have a good relationship with him and Coach Joe. “They’ve both told me I can come in as a freshman and play. They said I’d be surrounded with a lot of young guys (in Pullman) who want to go out and compete for a Rose Bowl. It’d be a great place to be.”

Despite not having any favorites, Weaver said he’s a big fan of WSU.

“I’d rate my interest in Washington State high right now,” Weaver said. “They’re recruiting me very hard and I like that.

“Coach Joe said he likes my size as a defensive end and my elusiveness. They saw me play at a camp and the coaches said I also have great hands. On film, they like how I can move my body around and that I have a high IQ on the field. I have great athleticism for my weight.” WEAVER IS eyeing a visit to Washington State in the winter.

“My mom wanted to visit (this summer) but money is tight, so we’re figuring out a way to get over there. We’ve talked about taking an official visit after my football season.

“Right now, I’m focus on working with my boys to get a ring and then after the season I’ll be focusing on my recruiting. I’ll take my officials and look more into the programs. Right now my mom is looking at the academic aspects of the schools that have offered me and then we’ll focus on the football side of it.”

As a junior for St. Anthony High (Long Beach, Calif.) this season, Weaver recorded more than 50 tackles and seven sacks.

HERE ARE SOME more recruiting notes for you:

• Four-star linebacker Bryce Youngquist will not be coming to Pullman. On Monday, CF.C spoke with the touted prospect and he said that he is currently down to Oregon and Oklahoma, with a decision coming by next week. WSU was in Youngquist’s top five.

• Another prospect who won’t be suiting up for WSU is three-star running back J.J. Taylor. Taylor committed to Arizona during an unofficial visit over the weekend.

• A prospect to keep an eye on is JUCO linebacker Chima Onyeukwu. The 6-3, 215-pounder holds an offer from Washington State and recently told Scout.com’s Derek Young that he’s got high interest in the Cougs right now and he’s working on scheduling a visit.


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