Prospect: Andy Weldon
Ht/Wt: 6-3 1/2, 245
Bench: 14 reps @ 225
Projected Grad: Dec. 2001
We recently enjoyed a post-combine chat with Shasta College tight end, Andy Weldon. The big man, who measured 6-3 1/2, 250 at the combine, is getting ready for his last season in the JC ranks. He expects to use his hands more in 2001.
"I didn't get thrown to that much lat year. I was more of a blocker. But I averaged 26 yards per catch last year," said Weldon. He says the offense was sharp in spring drills and that they have the athletes to move the ball.
Weldon says to keep an eye on wide receiver Mike Cox, who is "really good." Cox was All League last year with over 60 catches and 980 yards, most of which came after the first three games. He broke Jason Sehorn's records.
Another offense threat will be running back, DeMarcus Ingram (5-9, 210). He's a slasher who reads blocks very well and plays smart football. He earned a starting job half way through 2000 and ended up honorable mention all-conference.
Blocking up front will be Steve Church (6-2, 285). The big center made all-conference as a freshman last season and according to Weldon "handled that big nose guard (Siavii) from Butte." Church will be eligible to transfer at midterm in December and should get some serious D1 looks.
On the defensive side of the ball Weldon says to watch for defensive lineman, Lamont Potter. "He's a big kid (~260) and real fast for his size." Also, keep an eye on Josh Veal (6-5, 290), who also plays on the d-line. The latter impressed many of the four-year scouts attending the JCFootball.com NorCal Combine in May.
Weldon is aggressive, smart, and clearinghouse eligible. He also has prototypical tight end size and decent speed, which make him a great D1 prospect. The Sandpoint, Idaho native is getting looks from Oregon so far and hopes they stay interested. "I like both Oregon State and Oregon but am wide open," said Weldon.