In the era of specialization, Farmington’s Adam Weed is an exception.
Especially at the Class AAAAAA level, three-sport athletes and football players starting both ways are becoming rare. So far Weed has been able to make it work. He has college interest in two of his three sports and doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
The Tigers’ football program had a season of near misses.
“We were all kind of disappointed in our record,” Weed admitted. “A lot of those games we were right there the whole game. We would make a mistake at the wrong time, but the games were close. I expect a big year this coming year.”
Although the Tigers like to throw the ball, Weed felt the entire team benefited if they were successful on the ground.
“If we could get our o-line going and the run game going it benefited both sides of the ball. Sometimes our defense would be out their too much. When we could control the ball, we were successful.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Weed plays wide receiver.
“Last year I was in the slot a lot,” Weed – who started on offense for the first time as a junior — said. “This year I think I will be on the outside more often. I have been starting at corner since I was a freshman so when I play receiver I can look at the corner and say ‘what would I be thinking here? I kind of have that advantage of knowing both sides of the ball.”
Weed never saw himself as a defensive back but an opportunity came up, and he took it.
“For as long as I have played football I saw myself as an offensive player,” Weed admitted, “but after 8th grade, I came in, and the coaches said ‘we need a corner. Do you want to be that guy?’ Yeah, as long as I am playing football.”
“I am big for a corner,” the junior continued. “I am a physical guy. I like to play man and get my hands on the receiver. Once I get my hands on it is hard for guys to escape.”
This offseason Weed has focused on a pair of specific skills.
“On defense, instead of wrapping up and whipping them to the side I want to go through people and not give them the chance to get that extra yard or two. On offense, I can always work on my get-offs.”
In addition to doing the football workout program, in the winter season Weed plays the two or three position on the basketball team and in the spring, he starts in center field and bats either leadoff or in the three spot on the baseball team.
“My shooting is my strength in basketball, and my speed is my strength in baseball,” NFN’s 24th-ranked junior said. “If you hit it to center there is a good chance I am going to run it down. I also steal a ton of bases.”
This summer he will be working out and playing baseball and basketball – leaving little time for much else. He will, however, focus on football recruiting.
“I have been getting interest from schools but seem to be waiting on each other. I need to go to a few camps and prove myself. I have an offer from Bemidji State. I have had interest from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa, South Dakota State, North Dakota, South Dakota, North Dakota State, Wyoming, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois. Those have been the main schools.”
Weed will be going to a handful of football camps but will have to work around his summer baseball schedule. He won’t be neglecting the diamond because he has college interest there as well.
“Michigan and Illinois keep up with me and have been talking to some of my summer coaches. North Dakota and North Dakota State have shown interest too.”
With as busy as Weed has been – being recruited in more than one sport should be a cakewalk for the Tigers’ two-way player.