'07 Focus: Doug Weaver

Doug Weaver

Roxboro (NC) Person offensive lineman Doug Weaver didn't think his recruitment would end as early as it did.

But after a one-day camp at Duke last summer, he decided to verbal to the Blue Devils.

"I went to about seven different camps last summer, and I kind of got a feel for what I liked at Duke," Doug Weaver said. "Going into it I wasn't expecting to come out of the summer with an offer or commitment. But, I found what I was wanting and expecting in a school in Duke.

"I went to their one-day camp, and I wasn't expecting too much, but after going there I saw that program was on the rise."

Duke was the first school to offer, and Weaver quickly accepted. However that hasn't stopped other programs from offering the potential top-10 player in the state.

"I know [NC] State has sent an offer in the mail and Maryland has [offered]," Weaver said. "Wake Forest has talked about it, but that's about all the real offers I've got. I've been getting a lot of looks from other places too though."

Checking in at 6-foot-7 and 290-pounds, Weaver has the prototypical body of an offensive tackle prospect. He has long arms, very quick feet, and plays the game with a nasty streak.

He knows that other schools are going to pursue him because of his talent. How does Duke feel about these programs still recruiting Weaver?

"When I verbally committed to Duke, they said it was okay that schools kept pursuing me," he said. "What my parents have said is if you want to offer us, just put it in writing. You never can tell what will happen, and you will always like to have a backup plan.

"My commitment, it's solid, but I'm not turning down anybody yet. It's very solid. In my mind it's very solid."

Ever since he pledged to Duke, Weaver has been a regular at Blue Devil football games. This year, he hopes to see even more improvement from a team that has landed back-to-back quality recruiting classes.

"I'd really like to see improvement with Duke," Weaver said. "A big reason I picked Duke was their coaching staff, and coach Roof is an amazing coach. I know he's the type of guy who can turn a program around, but look at what happened with Miami when five or six coaches were shown the door.

"You just never really know, and I'm going to do what's best for me."

What does Weaver like about Duke, Maryland, and NC State?

DUKE: "I love their facilities. They really worked hard on the Yoh Center. The coaching staff is unbelievable. The players are a lot like myself."

MARYLAND: "They are hard-nosed. I watch their games a lot, and they are always in it. I like their aggressiveness on the field. I haven't had a chance to see Maryland, but from what I can tell they are a hard-working team."

NC STATE: "In the last [few] years they have been in a pretty good amount of bowl games. I like their winning attitude, and one of my teammates, LaMarte McGhee went there. He told me he liked it there. There has been really good connections between NC State and Person, and that's always a good thing."

An all-conference and all-area selection, Weaver plans on camping at Duke. This spring he will also attend the Scout.com combine and one of the Shrine Bowl combines.

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