There is an outstanding two-way performer who has attracted the attention of most of the Pac10. Not only is this prospect an outstanding defensive back/wide receiver, but he’s a dangerous return man.
The player in question is Eric Weddle (6-0, 185, 4.4) from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Alta Loma.
Weddle had an awesome junior season that saw him be selected League Player of the Year and all-CIF. It’s hard enough to get an all-league honor as a junior, but to knock down his League’s Player of the Year award is rare indeed.
On defense Weddle piled up 98 tackles, ten pass deflections and four picks. He was just as impressive on offense as he had 54 catches for 1,050 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Weddle is an extremely talented punt returner who averages 22 yards per punt return. He even brought back two punt returns to the house.
Weddle is being recruited as a wide receiver, cornerback and safety. Throw in his punt returning skills and you a versatile recruit with a lot of upsides.
As a defensive back, Weddle is a very physical presence. He loves to mix it up. Weddle covers like a corner, but hits like a linebacker. He’s also very smart player who plays within himself and rarely bites on fakes.
On offense Weddle’s is a playmaker who runs tight, crisp routes and owns an excellent pair of hands.
What does Weddle want in a school?
“I just want to play football,” Weddle said. “I don’t care if the team is rebuilding, I just want a place to play football and get a good education.”
Weddle has an offer from Montana, but he’s getting heavy recruiting action from most of the Pac10. Especially from Oregon, Washington, UCLA and Arizona.
The Big XII schools Colorado and Nebraska are also keeping an eye on Weddle.
There are no early favorites at this time. Another thing to like about Weddle is he’s academically qualified…