It only took defensive coordinator Dave Aranda one day to determine Long Beach (CA) St. Anthony defensive end Curtis Weaver was the right fit for the program. Visiting him at his school Tuesday, Weaver got the good news over the phone Wednesday that he picked up his first power-five conference offer from Wisconsin.
“It was crazy!” Weaver exclaimed to BadgerNation. “It was out of nowhere. I talked to coach Dave and the defensive line coach (Inoke Brecketerfield) was really impressed, too. I talked to Coach Aranda over the phone and it was a great conversation. He sounds like he’s a great coach, a real guy and you can go to him if you have something to talk about.”
Weaver, who also holds offers from Nevada, San Diego State and San Jose State, wouldn’t say the Badgers were his top offer but didn’t hide his excitement with the school employing the same 3-4 defense as his high school.
“I feel like if I go there it would be a great fit,” said Weaver, a three-star prospect ranked the No.69 defensive end in the country by Scout.com. “I can just come in and know what to do. Last year I played a strong defensive end, so teams really wouldn’t run on us a lot. Occasionally I would get back there in time to disrupt. This year I’m going to play like everything on the line.”
Finishing with over 50 tackles, seven sacks, four forced fumbles and six pass breakups last season, Weaver said his role this season would be like a J.J. Watt, referencing the current Houston Texans star who was the league’s defensive player of the year. A huge fan of Watt’s, Weaver says the fact that Watt was developed at Wisconsin is another intriguing fact that impresses him about the Badgers.
“He’s my role model,” Weaver said of Watt. “I followed him in college because he was always on Sportscenter. In the NFL he just blew up. He didn’t have that respect in college that he has right now.”