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Weaver steady for Vandy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The majority of the schools that were recruiting Mack Weaver before he announced his commitment to Vanderbilt in August have backed off since then.

Weaver spent some time at offensive tackle for his high school late in the year.

Truth be told, that’s fine with him.

The senior defensive end/tight end from Harding Academy in Memphis, Tenn., said Friday that he remains firmly committed to the Commodores, and he doesn’t mind that the recruiting process has slowed down for him over the past couple of months.

“It’s pretty much settled down a little bit,” Weaver said following his Harding Academy team’s 49-21 loss Friday night at Webb School of Knoxville in Tennessee’s Division II-A quarterfinals. “I’ve communicated every now and then with a couple of schools, just talking to them — just them congratulating me on wins and all that, just me saying, ‘Hey,’ and everything. But it’s settled down a lot.

“I’ve talked to Missouri a little bit. I talk to Purdue. They’ve been Facebooking me, ‘Good game,’ and all that. Cincinnati, big-time. Recently, it’s kind of slowed down a little bit, but we’re still communicating.”

Tennessee was among the other teams that once had expressed interest in the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Weaver, but he said he hasn’t “heard from them much lately.”

“They’ve still been sending me letters and all that,” he added, “but I haven’t been talking to them lately.”

Weaver, a three-star prospect who’s ranked the No. 11 overall player from the state of Tennessee in the 247Composite for the 2013 class, said he’s “not sure” at this point if he will be taking official visits to any schools other than Vanderbilt leading up to signing day.

But with few teams showing serious interest in him right now, he said he’s perfectly content with his commitment to Vanderbilt.

“(Other schools) have kind of slowed down a little bit,” said Weaver, who played defensive end and offensive tackle for the Lions during their season-ending loss to Webb. “I’m pretty much pursuing who’s pursuing me, and right now Vandy’s the only one, so I’m very strong on Vanderbilt right now.”

He said he has attended a couple of Vanderbilt’s games this season, including the Commodores’ win over Auburn on Oct. 20, and there’s a “strong possibility” that he will return to Nashville next weekend to see them play host to Tennessee.

Weaver, who said he “probably” will play defensive end for the Commodores, made it clear he’s “very pleased” with how they have played so far this season.

“I think they’re doing very well, and I can’t wait to get up there next year and see what they have in store,” he said.

It was “a new thing,” Weaver said, for him to be starting at right tackle for Harding Academy on Friday night. He said the Lions shifted him inside from tight end to tackle on offense toward the end of the regular season, and the move had worked out well prior to their season-ending defeat.

Harding Academy carried a five-game winning streak into its loss at Webb.

“We changed it up,” Weaver said. “My coaches thought it would be great for the team if I did that, and I was glad to do it. I was perfectly fine with it. It helped us get where we needed to be, so I was fine with it.”

Weaver said Vanderbilt’s coaches want him to arrive on campus “somewhere around” his current weight.

“Pretty much all they’re going to do is just take off all the bad weight, and I’m just going to gain it all right back in muscle,” he said. “Right now, I’m at a pretty good size for them.”

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