Wyoming really went the extra mile in recruiting Rome Weber. The defensive back from San Bernardino, California, verbally committed to Wyoming on Monday, the same day Cowboys head coach Craig Bohl visited Cajon (California) High School. That wasn’t the only city on Bohl’s itinerary.
“He came to see me, and then he drove all the way to Vegas to see my parents,” Weber said. “That’s not a close place to drive to. So that meant a lot to me.”
Weber is one of five players to verbally commit to Wyoming since the Cowboys’ regular season ended with a loss Nov. 25 at San Jose State. He played cornerback as a junior at San Gorgonio High School. This year, at Cajon, he plays safety. The Cowboys played in the Southern Section Division Four championship Saturday night against Downey.
Weber said Wyoming recruited him as a cornerback, but he is flexible with which position he wants to play.
“I know I can play corner, safety, I can even play nickel, too,” he said. “So I wouldn’t have a problem with wherever they put me at.”
In addition to Bohl, Weber’s main recruiter was Wyoming cornerbacks coach John Richardson, who is from Southern California himself. Weber isn’t too concerned about adapting to the cold weather.
“I’m sure I can get used to it,” he said. “... They have a lot of kids from Cali on the team. They told me how they got used to it, so I’m sure I’ll be able to handle it, too.”
Weber initially received his offer from Wyoming back in May. He took a visit to Wyoming for the Cowboys’ October win over New Mexico.
“I like how the city surrounds them, surrounds the team on game day and all that,” he said. “I like how the defense flies around.”
Weber picked a good game to watch Wyoming’s defense. The Cowboys forced seven turnovers in that 42-3 win.
“They’re like ball hawks,” Weber said. “They had a lot of turnovers that game ... and the offense did good, too. And I know how they had not done so good against them last year. I liked how they bounced back.
“... And I know that they have a lot of players coming back for next year. It wasn’t just that. It was the school, too, and everything. Because I’ve got to be there for anywhere from four to five years, so I’ve got to make sure I like it. Not just the football team.”
Weber said he had scholarship offers from Utah State, San Jose State and Montana State, and Army, Colorado State and New Mexico had expressed interest in him. But it was the level of interest that Wyoming showed, he said, that put the Pokes at the top of his list.
“They showed me that they really wanted me, and it was a good place to be at,” Weber said. “I had good relationships with the coaches and everything, and they showed me they not only cared about me, but they cared about my family and all that, too. They care about more than football.”