Out in the Tri Cities you will find tremendous talent in terms of Prep Sports. Overall the kids out there in South Eastern Washington are just flat out good athletes and love their sports. This season on the Grid Iron Chiawana High School is going to be loaded. And leading the way for the River Hawks is going to be 6’2″- 225 lb linebacker Alex Weber.
The hard hitting kid from Pasco, Washington is a hard hitter. In fact he can best be described as a battering ram on the field. He is really that good. Watch his film here on HUDL for a taste. This is a powerful fast kid who should be able to project to any level on the football field.
His size is now closing in on a range that can be considered proto-typical for a big time linebacker. His speed at 4.6 in the 40 is legitimate. His skill set is top notch as well; especially his ability to take great pursuit angles and use his upper body strength to blow up opposing lead blockers and linemen alike.
Then there is his strength. Alex has always been strong. But my God has this kid transformed himself through just sheer work training in a way that few could or would. Truly is it remarkable.
“In training I’m squatting over 500 pounds and benching 355 pounds in multiples. Even though I’m getting close to 225 pounds and am 6’2″ now, my speed coach is keeping me in the 4.6’s in the 40. Football is my sport, no others,” said Weber matter-of-factly.
On the recruiting front people are paying attention too. While he is still looking for that first offer there is no doubt it is out there waiting for him. He reminds us a lot of Cle-Elum High School’s Jake Gall from last season who was a standout Linebacker and Running Back now on his way to EWU. So who is checking in with Alex?
“Lots of coach correspondence- emails, letters. BSU and Wyoming are coming to the school to see me in May. Head Coach Reno at Yale and I email back and forth a lot. I’m going to personal invite days at Yale, Princeton, and U of Penn in June. ASU has sent me over 50 personal letters so I’ll going to go see them in July. Coach Hanna at Cornell asked last week to come see them so I might fit that in too. I’ve got a pile of letters from other schools I’m not quite as interested in, but depending on how things go this spring, I may be responding to some of them after schools out. ”
That is a lot to review and think about. You will obviously notice the Academic slant here with Alex. That is because he is just as accomplished or more off the field then on the field. Now lots of kids have honor roll to their credit which is awesome. But how many are graduating with an AA Degree at the same time they graduate from High School?
That would be Mr. Weber.
“If I had to make a personal statement I guess it’s that I take training and school serious. I’m holding a 3.8 GPA and taking college courses full time at the community college to get my AA degree,” he said.
Despite being a Pac 12 level talent he is placing a lot of emphasis on the degree and his future and those Ivy League schools look like they might just come in and grab him up. One thing is for sure. Someone is getting a Blue-Chip stud here with unquestioned drive an impressive resume. A guy who would be a great student addition to any campus let alone a true talent on the football field.