Recruit profile: Thomas Waight

LB Thomas Waight #54

LB Thomas Waight #54

Biographical info:  6’2″ 225 – Oakridge SS [London ON] & London Jr. Mustangs of the OVFL

Position: Linebacker – could be a big, solid Mac LB or transition to DE. Waight played DE this summer for the Jr. Mustangs. They used him at LB in 2013. Waight played LB at Oakridge and for Team O.

LB recruit Thomas Waight

LB recruit Thomas Waight

Accomplishments: Waight was a member of the 2013 Team Ontario squad that won a bronze medal at the FCC in Moncton … I believe he has played 5 years of OVFL football with the London Falcons/Jr Mustangs … this summer in his 1st season at DE Waight recorded 6 solo tackles, 19 assists, a sack and knocked down a pass … his Oakridge Oaks team went undefeated in 2012 in TVRA Tier and did not allow a TD … Oakridge moved up to Tier A in 2013 where Waight was named to the TVRA Central Division A Tier All–Stars as a LB … named a team captain in 3 of his 4 HS seasons.

My Take: I saw three of Waight’s Jr. Mustangs games this summer. He was playing a new position. He definitely looked bigger to me than the 6’2″ 225 he was listed at last fall. I don’t know what the plan for him is but I could see him being given a shot at Mac LB. The shift to D-Line is always a future possibility given how successful DL Coach Cluff has been at turning big, athletic LBs into dominant lineman. Coach Cluff speaking about the All Stars and All Canadians he has coached:

Many of these players were LB’s in HS and we converted them. They were quite often the best player at their HS and they were athletic and could run. At the HS level most coaches need their best defensive player to play LB, however as they entered university they got bigger and fit best into our system as D-Lineman.

Waight may fit into that category.

 

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