Thursday , January 18, 2018 - 4:14 PM
Jordan Strate was a bright spot for the Davis Darts football team in the 2017 season. Now, the hope is he’ll be a bright spot for Weber State in the future.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Strate verbally committed to the Weber State football program last Friday, he said, joining the co-Big Sky champions as they’ve been looking local to fill up their defensive line.
Davis went 1-8 in 2017, but the Darts’ senior defensive end finished with 50 total tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. That performance landed Strate on the Standard-Examiner All-Area Football First Team.
One would think that kind of stat line would attract the attention of a few college coaches, but all Strate needed was one — and that one happened to be about a 25-minute drive up Highway 89.
“I think Weber is the best fit for me out of the colleges around here. I think I’ll just fit in the most with what’s going on around there,” Strate said.
WSU coaches didn’t ramp up recruiting Strate until after the season ended and extended a scholarship offer to Strate in December about two months after Davis’ season finale.
After Strate committed Friday, he said Wildcats head coach Jay Hill and linebackers coach Colton Swan visitied him in his home Monday, Jan. 15.
“I’m way stoked for me to be a freshman at Weber — we start with a game at Utah — to really get the college experience. I’ll be able to have my family and friends come to games and stuff,” Strate said.
Strate is one of three known local defensive lineman with WSU offers as the Wildcats look to replace two leaders in tackles-for-loss, linemen Cardon Malan and McKay Murphy, who were both seniors in 2017.
Weber offered Bear River defensive lineman Easton Payne in December, and Payne is down to Weber State and Southern Utah. Payne (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) made 31 total tackles with nine tackles for loss and four sacks, according to statistics on MaxPreps.
WSU also offered Sky View defensive lineman Andrew Dean, who recorded 72 total tackles and eight tackles for loss, according to MaxPreps. Dean (6-4, 249) was part of a Bobcats team that went to the 4A state semifinals before falling to eventual state champion Orem.
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