Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Weber and Thomas hope to be college teammates
Arkansas has been pursuing highly recruited defensive end Solomon Thomas and are now taking a look at his teammate and best friend, offensive lineman Bill Weber.
Weber, 6-5, 310, 5.6 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Coppell, Texas is also seeing strong interest from Missouri, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech and North Texas. He been talking to running backs coach Joel Thomas for about two weeks.
"We've had conversations like what am I like as a player, my interest in Arkansas." said Weber, who along with Thomas plans to attend Arkansas' spring game. "He asked me a couple of questions and invited me up for the spring game this Saturday."
One of the attractions of the Hogs is the amount of students from Coppell that attend school at Arkansas.
"I know a lot of my friends that are non-athletes want to go there too," said Weber, who has a 4.5 grade point average on a 5.0 scale. "I think that would be a lot of fun to be around people I know. I know Solomon likes Arkansas too."
Weber said he and Thomas have been playing football together since the fifth grade and would like to continue doing so at the next level.
" If we could go to the same school together... that's our dream to room together and play football together," said Weber, whose uncle, Robin Weber played tight end for Notre Dame and caught the winning touchdown reception in the 1973 Sugar Bowl to win the national championship. "That's what we want to do. If we could go to the same college that would be awesome. We're brothers, either I'm over his house or he's over at mine every night."
Spring practice provides challenges to their friendship.
"We love each other but during that month we hate each other on the field," Weber said. "It carries off the field sometimes but every play is just battle between the two of us. We both get angry with each other and we fight like brothers too and that's exactly the way it is on the football field too. He at D-end and me at tackle and we just go at it."
Weber, who reports a 290 pound bench press and 425 squat, has been told by one school they want to see him in person to make sure his listed height and weight is correct before offering.
"To me, spring is more important than my senior year," said Weber of his recruiting. "I want to perform to my highest capability and just whip up some people."
Weber's ability to play every position on the offensive line makes him more attractive to schools.
"Wherever I can play, I'll play." Weber said.
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