Last week, Ryan Weigand became the 24th member of the 2005 UVa football recruiting class. Weigand is a 6-1 1/2, 175-pound punter who played for Pasadena City College (Pasadena, CA) last season. He played high school football for La Salle High School (Pasadena, CA) before heading to PCC.
Weigand averaged 40.3 yards on 55 punts last season. Twelve were downed inside the opponents 20-yard line.
“He was first-team all-academic on the JC gridwire at punter last year,” Weigand said. “He was 12th in the state at punting average. He was a great kick-off guy and he was stupendous and punting the ball inside the 20. He was equally as stupendous at fielding [bad] punt-snaps. He can really catch the ball.”
Because he graduated high school having qualified academically, he will be immediately eligible to play at UVa. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Q&A with Ryan Weigand
TheSabre.com: How did the UVa coaches find out about you?
Ryan Weigand : The word is that they were looking for a punter for next year (2005 season) to come in. I guess they started looking after Spring on the East coast and they couldn’t find anyone that could meet their grades and what they wanted in a punter. Then they went to the Midwest and still couldn’t find anyone, so they came on over to California. I guess they called the Mission League, which is what our conference is in. We’re supposed to have one of the best league’s in the country as far as junior colleges go. They just happened to call my head coach and I happened to be in the room at the time. I was thanking my head coach for everything because I was planning on going to Tulsa. And then my coach said ‘here, talk to this guy’. So I started talking to him. I pretty much told him my situation. I said I’ve committed somewhere, but it’s after the signing date and nothing’s in writing. I said I’d settle for Tulsa, but I wanted something more.
TheSabre.com: What happened after you spoke to the UVa coach?
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