- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Madison (Wis.) Memorial coach George Grays describes fast in two ways.
“I’ve coached a couple receivers who signed D-I, and I always describe a receiver who is naturally fast but it’s ugly looking, especially when you get to the bottom end. I describe that as Darrell Green-fast,” Grays said.
“And Willie Gault-fast, when you watch him run it’s like he wasn’t putting any effort. Jester is Willie Gault-fast.”
Jester is Grays’ senior receiver Jester Weah, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver with 4.5 speed and nine scholarship offers. He set his first official visit Saturday as Colorado State will host Weah the weekend of Nov. 30.
“They said I’m like their top priority and said I have a chance to go start as a freshman if I continue my hard work,” Weah said. “The head coach [Jim McElwain] said I’m really explosive as a receiver and likes my size and body.”
Colorado State receivers coach Alvis Whitted has kept in close contact with Weah for the last five months. Whitted knows a little something about the position; he spent several seasons in the NFL and played in a Super Bowl. He also knows a thing or two about speed as he was a high school track champion and competed in the 200-meter dash at the 1996 U.S. Olympic trials.
“He saw [Jester] on tape and was like, ‘Wow, we got to get him out here,’ ” Grays said of his recent conversation with Whitted.
Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and Wyoming are Weah’s other FBS offers, but he is hearing a lot from Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. He will visit the Badgers for the Ohio State game Nov. 17 and the Panthers the following weekend for their Nov. 24 game.
Weah is familiar with both coaching staffs. Living in Madison, Weah has been to most of Wisconsin’s home games this year. Pitt coach Paul Chryst is in his first season as the Panthers’ head coach after coming over from Wisconsin.
As of now, the Badgers coaches are telling Weah they are not sure if there is enough room for another receiver.
“[Receivers] coach [Zach] Azzanni asked for my highlight tape and said he’d watch it on his way to Indiana,” Weah said.
A week ago, Weah heard from the Pitt staff right before the Panthers nearly upset Notre Dame.
“The last time I talked to the coaches it was [receivers coach] Bobby Engram, called me right before the Notre Dame game,” Weah said, “and he said he’s really high on me and wants me to come out there and see how it is on game days.”
Not surprisingly, those two are his favorite programs as of now and Pitt will definitely receive an official visit on top of his Nov. 24 unofficial visit.
“I really like the coaches at Pittsburgh and like where they’re going in the future,” he said, “and Wisconsin, I’ve been to most of the home games and all the fans like to interact with the players.”
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