Former Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen never paid too much attention to former Madison Memorial two-sport star Jester Weah, allowing then-Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst to swoop in and gain his commitment with a late scholarship.
With Weah’s young brother, Jason Weah, now starting the recruiting process, Chryst is making sure the Badgers give him a solid look.
Having a good familiarity with Wisconsin and a number of the new Badgers coaches because of his older brother’s recruitment in 2013, Weah felt he put his best foot forward at UW’s one-day high school summer camp in late May.
“It was good because I already knew Coach Settle from Pittsburgh,” Weah told BadgerNation. “He always tells me to keep working hard because they have a really close eye on me. When I was doing the testing part, a lot of the coaches were around watching. I had a good time. (Settle) said I was a good big back, but I had to work on my footwork a little more.”
Settle was just one of the many familiar faces Weah encountered during the one-day camp. Including Settle and Chryst, Wisconsin has six current assistant coaches who worked at Pittsburgh last year, not to mention a handful of strength coaches, graduate assistants and support staff who stuck with Chryst through the transition.
While his older brother was pegged as a receiver, the younger Weah can fit in at numerous positions, especially being listed at 6-1 and 225 pounds and reportedly running a 4.54 in the 40 and a 4.3 in the shuttle at camp.
“They are recruiting me as an athlete,” said Weah. “I play running back, outside linebacker, wide receiver and little bit of d-end. I don’t care where I play in college. I am a big body, have some speed and a good football IQ.”
Weah finished with 75 tackles and six tackles for loss, 301 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 52 carries and 63 yards on nine catches.
He is reporting the heaviest interest from Army, Iowa, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin. He’s still looking for his first offer, which he hopes to earn as he camps at a number of the schools showing him interest.
“I’m just being patient and keep working hard,” said Weah, who says he’s gained 20 pounds in the offseason to get bigger and stronger. “I know they will come sooner or later, so I am just trying to stay calm about it.”