In addition to being a defensive captain and a 3-year starter, Sycamore linebacker Brett Weaver is looking to add one more title to his decorated resume – college athlete.
Weaver is a fixture in the middle of a Sycamore defense that played very well a season ago, helping lead the team to an undefeated regular season. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 210-pound senior is what coach Joe Ryan called a physical presence.
“He’s someone that does not shy away from contact, he doesn’t have top end speed, but his reaction time is very quick and his football instincts help him a tremendous amount on the field,” Ryan said. Weaver has already garnered attention from six schools, ranging from Illinois State to North Dakota State.
The camps include skill work similar to a scouting combine, before moving to positional work. “During skill work they have you run [the 40-yard dash] and things like that, but I prefer the position drills, that is where you really show what kind of football player you are.” Weaver said.
Despite all the excitement from participating in camps for the next level, Weaver is not taking his final high school season for granted. It starts Aug. 29 with a home game against Lincoln-Way West.
“Everyone tells me not to blink because I will miss my senior season.” Weaver said. “I am just looking to play high school football here in my final season the right way, while still getting myself prepared to play beyond high school as well.”
Ryan said Weaver will likely enter the season as a captain because of the leadership qualities he displayed in the offseason.
“Brett is a phenomenal leader.” Ryan said. “He is the first one in the weight room, last person to leave, a lot of the preparation that goes into being a college athlete he has already done, he’s an asset to our team off the field as well as on it.”
For now, Weaver continues to lift weights and prepare for his senior season at Sycamore with an eye on the future. He said his college decision will come shortly after the high school season ends.
“I will visit schools and go to games on Saturdays when we don’t play, and look to make my decision after the season ends so I can get started on my next school’s nutrition and conditioning program as early as possible.” Weaver said.
Weaver has one more camp this offseason as he heads to Western Illinois at the end of July, before he kicks off his final season as a member of the Sycamore Spartans.