Somehow, we're already through the 90s—so for anyone doubting the time-warping qualities of the countdown, doubt no more. With just 90 days (that's 3 months) left until kickoff, today we'll look at a player that is currently unassigned, roster-wise...but could wear #90 if the stars align for the countdown—Curtis Weaver
#90, Curtis Weaver, True Freshman, DL
High School: St. Anthony High School, Long Beach, CA
How'd he get to the Blue™?
You may not realize it, but Weaver was actually one of the biggest "gets" of the 2016 recruiting class and most didn't even know it until signing day. Weaver was one of Boise State's infamous "silent commits", meaning that the staff knew of his commitment, but the fanbase was largely left guessing until National Signing Day. Let me tell you, I'm glad that Weaver is on board because this kid is seemingly all upside. The big man had 60 total tackles and 7 sacks last season for St. Anthony and for it, was named All-CIF Southern Section. As a junior, Weaver pitched in 55 tackles (13 for-loss) and 7.5 sacks en route to a league title and his first All-CIF Southern Section inclusion. Weaver was 2nd team all-league as a sophomore when he had 42 tackles and 6 sacks. Oh, and get this...the big guy even rushed for 5 TDs and had over 250 receiving yards (and four more scores) on the offensive side of the ball as a senior. Before (silently) pulling the trigger to become a Bronco, Weaver had earned scholarship offers from Boston College, Duke, Nevada, New Mexico, SJSU, UCF, Utah State, Virginia, WSU, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Oh, and USC reportedly tried to pull a signing day flip-aroo on Weaver as well...but only managed to sway Josh Fatu /shakes fist.
"Dream" Weaver is already reserved for linebacker Ben, so I had to dive deeper into the rhyming dictionary.
Charles Barkley (but with hair)
All-CIF Southern Section as a senior in 2015. All-CIF Southern Section as a junior in 2014. Second-team all-league as a sophomore in 2103. Four year letterwinner in football. Two year letterwinner in basketball.
You've probably gathered by now that Boise State is bringing in a lot of D-lineman this fall. You've probably also gathered that this D-line class is big and athletic and, to a man, could probably all see the field as true frosh. Now, they probably won't all see the field in 2016, but knowing that they could should be enough salve for your Bronco-loving soul. The most likely candidates to play right away have been lightly discussed on the days we highlighted Chase Hatada and Jabari Watson, but looking at Weaver's size and athleticism, one could argue he might be even higher on the probability scale than the previous two. Weaver is versatile enough to line up at end or at tackle, is nimble enough to have been a pretty effective tight end, and driven enough to be training intensively for his July arrival (see below)
@BroncoSportsFB bound @C_Weaver09 is getting faster by the week. pic.twitter.com/shqAgg4Gf5— EPIC Strong (@epicstronglb) May 3, 2016
That's a pretty full stack for an incoming guy at a position of mucho need, so I think the odds are well above 50% that Weaver sees the field right away. He may not be the dominant player he'll eventually become right out of the gate, but I wholeheartedly believe he's a future all-conference talent and doubt it will take long to get there. I'm always a little hesitant to make comparisons (who am I kidding, no I'm not), but I think Weaver could have a Billy Winn type of impact for the Broncos and he's one to keep a close eye on this fall. If he doesn't play right away, we're in a better position with the D-line than we've all imagined.
Is he on Twitter?
Blessed to commit and sign to Boise St. University to further my education & show my talent at the next level ❗️❗️❗️ pic.twitter.com/HI7Z61FBTd— Curtis Weaver (@C_Weaver09) February 4, 2016
Completely made up fact
Weaver wasn't named after a relative or even legendary rapper Kurtis Blow. He was actually named after a sweet Curtis-Mathes color television set that his father owned in the 80s. Another fun fact: the remote for that TV weighed almost half of what Weaver weighs right now.