Ohio Native Headed To WVU As PWO
Trace Weitzel has picked his college. Now it’s just a matter of what position he is going to play.
A defensive end and fullback at Tuslaw High School in Massillon, Ohio, the 6-foot-2, 231-pound Weitzel has been impressive on both sides of the football.
Defensively he had 50 tackles, three sacks and seven TFLs as a senior for the 4-6 Mustangs. He helped Tuslaw (6-5) to a spot in Ohio’s Division V playoffs the year before when he recorded 63 tackles and four sacks.
His ability as a lead-blocking fullback is every bit as impressive as his play-making skills on defense.
His ultimate college position may still be up in the air, but his college of choice no longer is, as Weitzel recently announced that he will join the WVU football team in 2020 as a preferred walk-on.
“I would first like to thank God because without him none of this is possible,” tweeted Weitzel. “To my parents and family, thank you so much for all the sacrifices you’ve made to (get me) here. Especially my brother, I don’t know where I’d be without you. To my friends, thank you for always pushing me to be better and supporting me with everything I do. I would like to thank all the coaches who have shaped me into the man and athlete I am today. I also want to say thank you to every school who believed in me and recruited me. With that being said, I am going to continue chasing my dream by committing to West Virginia University!! #TrustTheClimb”
West Virginia junior linebacker Josh Chandler is also a native of the same northern Ohio area as Weitzel, having graduated from Canton’s McKinley High School. The Mountaineers have a commitment for the class of 2021 from another Stark County resident, Massillon High receiver Andrew Wilson-Lamp.
Weitzel is one of a dozen preferred walk-ons who have announced their intentions to enroll at WVU this fall and join the Mountaineer football team. Those include: linebackers Jax McCauley and Brocton Blair, receivers Preston Fox and C.J. Cole, defensive linemen Derek Ambrosino and Jackson Oxley, kickers Danny King and Kaulin Parris, running back Mark Rucker, offensive lineman Shawn See and long snapper Austin Brinkman.