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RUNNING DOWN HIS DREAM: Weaver receives offer from Birmingham-Southern

Andalusia High School incoming senior Roosevelt Weaver III recently received his first official college football offer from Birmingham-Southern.

“It was really just unreal,” Weaver said when he received the offer. “I was just playing some games with my friends when the coach sent me a message on Twitter asking for my phone number. He then called me and told me that they were going to offer me a scholarship”

The offer came as a surprise, Weaver said.

“They sent me some stuff when I was a sophomore, but I hadn’t really heard anything from them since,” Weaver said. “I wasn’t expecting it at all, but it feels great.”

His passion for the game is what drives him, Weaver said.

“My love for the game drives me,” Weaver said. “I was blessed with the ability to play and I want to use my ability in the best way that I can.”

Weaver had a breakout season in 2017 when he helped lead the Bulldogs to the Class 4A semifinals.

During the 2017 campaign, Weaver rushed for 1,173 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He averaged 106.6 yards per game and had seven games where he rushed for more than 100 yards.

Weaver also caught four passes for 74 yards.

This season, Weaver wants to do whatever it takes to bring a state championship back to Andalusia.

“For me, personal stats don’t matter,” Weaver said. “I want to do whatever I have to do  to help my team win. I want to make it past the fourth round. I want us to prove people wrong this year. There are a lot of doubters about what this team can accomplish and we want to work hard and prove them wrong.”

The sting of losing twice in the fourth round is something that still eats at Weaver.

“It something that sticks with you until you are able to get past it,” Weaver said. “It makes it worse when the two teams that beat you went on to win the state championship. It makes you want to grind even harder.”