By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor
Adam Weeks probably could have helped usher in a historic first season for the Mountain East Conference at any member school he wanted. Instead, he waited — and waited — for the offer he really wanted.
His patience has finally paid off.
Weeks recently accepted an offer to walk on at Marshall University, the school that he truly wanted to attend all along.
“Marshall is my West Virginia (University) to everybody else,” Weeks said Thursday. “They have always been my favorite.”
Weeks’ prolonged time to make a choice was taken as an indicator that he was waiting on something special. Signing day — the first Wednesday of February — came and went without a word from Weeks, a former first-team all-state captain.
“I was really quiet about it,” he said. “Even my parents couldn’t get the info out of me. I kept it to myself.”
Vince Culicerto, Weeks’ head coach at Shady Spring, fielded several inquiries from coaches of teams in the now-defunct West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He didn’t know what Weeks’ choice was going to be, but he did have an inkling of what his former quarterback was thinking.
“We talked about it a few times,” said Culicerto, the uncle of former Thundering Herd linebacker Pete Culicerto. “He was going to play. Folks always asked me about him and I said he is going to play somewhere.
“Marshall over the last couple of years has been checking on him. He’s been to a couple of camps there and his team went to 7-on-7 camps there and they liked what they saw in him.
“He made it clear to me that was where he wanted to go first.”
Weeks (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) started attending camps after his sophomore year with the Tigers. He returned after his junior season, when Shady ran through a perfect regular season and was rated No. 2 in Class AA. The year ended with a state semifinal loss to eventual state champion Wayne, but it was overall beneficial for Weeks.
“They talked to me a lot that year,” Weeks said.
He felt like that interest waned after his senior season, when Shady jumped to Class AAA. The Tigers were winless against teams from the highest classification, but defeated all five double-A opponents to break even.
Frustration started to settle in, and Weeks momentarily thought about giving up on his dream.
But, last month, his phone rang and Marshall offensive coordinator Bill Legg was on the other end. Jajuan Seider had been recruiting Weeks before taking the running backs coaching spot at WVU, and Legg took over.
“It was a relief,” Weeks said. “You enjoy the process, but once you definitely know where you are going, it is very relieving.”
“He has been (working out) hard as soon as he got that call,” Culicerto said. “He had already been going at it, throwing and getting in some weightlifting and running, but after that call came he has really beared down. He’s here every day lifting and he’s run a million miles.”
Weeks was the captain of the Class AA all-state first team his junior year, when he completed 119 of 176 passes for 2,293 yards. He threw 27 touchdown passes and just four interceptions.
He threw for 2,002 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior.
“I was very lucky, because a lot of high school quarterbacks don’t get to throw as much as we did,” Weeks said. “I was blessed to be in a system where the coaches let me show my talent and with some great blocking receivers and great running backs. I was lucky.”
Weeks, who will major in accounting before going on to law school, will start summer classes June 7 and begin lifting and throwing three days later.
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