Over the last few years, the Central Catholic football program has produced more D-1 recruits than any other school in the WPIAL.
Names like Damar Hamlin, Rashad Wheeler, Bricen Garner, David Adams, CJ Thorpe and Kurt Hinish are players that football fans in this area are familiar with.
The next player from Central Catholic that will become household name in the WPIAL is Khalil Weathers.
“Playing with CJ, David Adams and Kurt, they’ve been recruited by almost every school in the country so it makes it easier for me as far as exposure. In the last five years, Central has had eight defensive backs go D-1. I’m just excited and hopeful that I might be #9,” said Weathers.
Weathers (6-foot, 190 pounds) is a player that arrived at Central from North Catholic and has shown coaches that he’s more than capable of playing multiple positions and not only play them but do so at a high level.
“It honestly doesn’t matter to me. I can play wherever and I’ll do whatever is best for the team. In high school, I’ve been at cornerback, safety, linebacker, running back, wide receiver, quarterback. I’ve done it all and I’ll do whatever the team needs,” said Weathers.
“I think my time at North Catholic displayed my versatility. I’m a guy that can play almost any position on the field and excel at it. I think playing played so many positions has increases my football IQ on the field.”
“I haven’t got to display a lot of my ability on the offensive side of the ball at Central so far but I plan to make a greater impact there as they use me more on both sides my senior year.”
While he anxiously waits for his first Power 5 offer, Weathers is working hard and training with DeWayne Brown 2/10ths trying to improve his 40-time, which is currently between 4.4 and 4.5, and is hitting the weight room hard where he’s currently benching 280, squatting and dead lifting 415 lbs.
Right now, Weathers is hearing from schools like Buffalo, Columbia, Syracuse, Northwestern, Penn State and Pitt. It’s not surprise that getting an offer from Pitt would be a dream come true.
“Pitt continues to show interest. They’ve been in contact with me and my coaches. Coach Harley has been around to watch me practice and came to the Penn Hills game as well. Coach Narduzzi and Coach Harley have been to my school at Central and at North Catholic. They’ve been around me for awhile and I feel like I’m a WPIAL priority for them,” said Weathers.
“I love Pitt that’s no secret because this is my hometown but I’m going to go where I’m wanted, where I can make the biggest impact. Pitt recruits dawgs. I’m fast and physical, I got great ball skills and I play with emotion. But I pride myself on being able to adapt to any situation or program so I’m confident whoever wants me, I’m going to successfully fill their need.”
It has to be an anxious time for these junior players waiting for the phone to ring or to get a text message with the news that they’ve received their first offer.
“At this point, I’m waiting on that first offer, I’m anxious but I’m humble. Everyday I put my future in Gods hands. The wait is teaching me a lot about myself but I’m not going to lie, it’s hard because I know what I have to offer. My mom is big on loyalty and tells me that these first offers are big. She feels like that’s who really wants me and I’d have to agree,” said Weathers.
“I’m blessed to have a host of mentors like my cousin Vaughn Rivers (former West Virginia player), my coaches at Central like Coach Totten, Coach Flemming, Coach Bezilla. I love those men because they’ve instilled so much in me and have coached me tremendously.”
I don’t think there’s any doubt that Weathers will be receiving D-1 offers, it’s just a matter of when and from where.
PSN wishes Khalil Weathers all the best on this journey and will continue to update him leading up to Signing Day 2018
— Khalil Weathers (@Finesiin_Guap) December 20, 2016