Weaver Enjoying the Process

Spending the majority of the summer in southern California, Long Beach (CA) St. Anthony defensive end Curtis Weaver is starting to plan out some visits, including one possibly to the University of Wisconsin.

At roughly 6-3 and 245 pounds, Long Beach (CA) St. Anthony defensive end Curtis Weaver fits a lot of different niches for defensive coaches. He can line up with his hand in the ground, play standing up on the edge of the line or drop back into coverage as an outside linebacker.

That versatility is one of the reasons why Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has made sure he has had an open line of communication with the three-star prospect since offering him in April.

“We talk once every other week and he tells me to call whenever,” Weaver told BadgerNation. “It’s been pretty good. I talk to him a lot.”

Wisconsin’s 2016 recruiting class sits at 13 commits, which includes the Badgers going on a run of outside linebackers and defensive lineman in the month of June. While those two positions are nearing completion, Wisconsin continues to pursue Weaver to fit a niche in its 3-4 defense.

“(Coach Aranda) likes me in a hybrid role, sort of like J.J. Watt where I can move around the line,” said Weaver. “That’s great because I can attack from different angles of the ball. I don’t have to line up on one side of the ball all the time. It’s a better experience, I’d say, because I could play defensive end or defensive tackle to get more playing time on the field.

Weaver has stayed pretty low key this summer in terms of college visits, but he’s been active on the West Coast with camps. He attended the San Diego State 7-on-7 and USC 7-on-7 with his teammates, the USC OL/DL one-on-ones and was inviting to the Rising Stars OL/DL. Weaver also traveled up to Pullman to go to Washington State’s high school camp.

“Washington State was great,” said Weaver. “I got to work with Coach Jones, the defensive line coach. He’s very easy to work with. I like that about him. The coaching staff was very caring. It was pretty good working with them because I saw how they coached. I liked that.”

Sitting comfortably at nine offers, Weaver said he would take some official visits in the fall before deciding. While he hasn’t scheduled any trips, Weaver said Duke, Oregon, Stanford, Washington State and Wisconsin are places he would like to take officials to.

“I’m pretty open right now,” Weaver said. “I’m just going through the process right now. I probably won’t decide until after my senior year. I’m just focused on helping the team and getting a ring. After that all the stress will be lifted and I can focus in more on college.”

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