This is the 11th in a series of Q&A's with Bi-City recruits in the Class of 2016. Coming Friday: TBA.
Central receiver Quan Weaver has often been the biggest big-play threat for the Red Devils over the past two seasons.
While all-around athlete Traveon Samuel, now with the University of Louisville, was the main cog to the offense, Weaver was one who could stretch the field and provide a deep threat for quarterback Zion Webb.
That ability, along with his height and hands, are a few of the reasons college coaches have tried to convince him to come to their program. Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, he is undecided but hopes to change that prior to the start of his senior season.
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The Ledger-Enquirer caught up with Weaver to talk about his recruitment and his goals for his senior season.
It seems like things have gotten a little more active going into your senior year. What’s the whole process been like?
It’s just been a lot of hard work — working hard, trying to mature, trying to prove myself.
When did you start to get a little bit more attention from colleges?
I started to get some attention my sophomore year from Southern Miss. Besides that, it picked up last year during the season when they were watching my film. It just started rolling in from there.
Can you run down some of your offers for me?
We’ve got Troy, Southern Miss, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, Mississippi State — there are some others.
Have you narrowed it down or still looking at all of them?
I’m taking official visits sometime this summer to Troy, Southern Miss, Memphis and Mississippi State. Those are probably my top four.
What do you like about those schools?
Well, Mississippi State is just a school in the SEC, nice facilities, nice coaching staff. Troy, I like the coaching staff too, nice facilities, the receivers coach and the way they coach the receivers. I haven’t been to Southern Miss or Memphis yet.
Mississippi State is obviously the most high-profile offer there. What would it be like to play in the SEC?
It would be great. It would be a goal because nobody in my family has been to, like, a college or the SEC, and I could be the first to do it.
What do colleges like about you?
A lot of coaches have told me they like the height I’ve got and the speed. A lot have told me I’ve got pretty good size, but they told me not to worry about the weight yet. They told me I can put it on when I come to college.
What have you been trying to improve going into this year?
The three things I’ve been working on improving are my route running, my speed and coming off a break and catching the ball.
As a team this year, do you feel like you guys have made progress offensively.
The passing game, t’s really better than it was last year. We’ve got a lot of go-to guys this year, and everybody wants to step up and be that guy.
When do you think you’ll make your college decision?
I haven’t talked it over with my mom yet, but I’ll probably try to make my college decision by the end of the summer or by the beginning of the football season.
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