OCHS junior West Weeks will play linebacker for the Cavaliers after he graduates next spring.

West Weeks knew the University of Virginia was his top choice all along. Weeks felt a connection with the Cavaliers’ coaching staff and the city of Charlottesville nearly right away.

Weeks gave the process its due diligence anyway.

The Oconee County High School junior took visits during the fall and winter and has been doing virtual college tours since COVID-19 pandemic began playing havoc with travel plans and forced universities around the country to close for the spring.

Nothing he saw pulled his heart away from UVA.

On May 2 Weeks made his feelings and intentions public by committing to the Cavaliers in a Twitter post. Weeks had to pretend things were normal in his head to fairly make the choice but he feels the decision would still be the same.

“I kind of knew all along that Virginia was my top school,” Weeks said. “I pretty much told myself that if everything was normal and I’d gotten to go visit other places, I’d still be making the same decision with Virginia being the place that I’m going to. So I said I might as well go ahead and do it now.”

Weeks is fully committed to heading to UVA. He doesn’t plan on reopening his recruitment unless there are some drastic changes in heart that take place between this spring and next. Weeks won’t fully rule out a potential change of heart simply because things can always change prior to signing his official papers. Weeks hasn’t decided if he will enroll early at UVA yet though he has the option to do so.

“I’m not planning on decommitting or anything but you never know how it goes until you sign the papers,” Weeks said. “I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to go early, I have the option. I’ll have to talk to the Virginia coaches and see what they want me to do and decide after that.”

Weeks’ decision was a bit of a relief. Weeks relishes the opportunity to refocus on playing football in the fall or whenever the season commences.

“I can give my focus back on our season and trying to help lead us back to another state championship game and hopefully come out on top this year,” Weeks said. “It feels good to be done with all that and know what I have in the future for me.”

Weeks expects to play a role similar to the one he plays with the Warriors on the defensive side of the ball.

Weeks acts as a linebacker in most packages and that’s the position he’ll be listed at when one scrolls through a program but his responsibilities are a positionless in nature.

Weeks plays in the box as a linebacker and then plays in the slot as well as sometimes acting as a third safety, a position he played as a sophomore for the Warriors.

“I’ll kind of be the linebacker that can cover receivers and run a lot and play out in the open field a lot,” Weeks said. “At the same time, I’ll play in the box some too.”

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