Ben Weers, a 2022 graduate at RHAM High School, will tackle college football.
“I am truly excited to announce that I am 100% committed to continue my athletic and academic journey at Norwich University. Go Cadets,” Weers posted on Instagram.
This past fall, Weers starred at wide receiver and outside linebacker for a Raptors team that won five games, the program’s most wins since 2018.
Standing 6’2” with track and field experience, Weers’ ability to outrun and outjump his opponents allowed him to average 20 yards per reception. He starred as a two-way player for RHAM, also making an impact on the defensive end as an enforcer against the run and reliable coverage linebacker against the pass.
He said having a full season and getting extensive playing time this past fall was a nice way to cap his high school football career after his junior year wiped away by the Covid-19 cancellation.
“It was a great feeling. We had one of the better seasons in RHAM history” added Weers. “It felt great to win and felt great to have the school behind us.”
Weers chose Norwich University, a private military academy in Vermont, because of his desire to continue playing football and his familiarity with the area.
His grandparents reside in Vermont and over the years he would visit the area to ski and bike during the winter and summer months.
The school also allows him to spread his wings outside the state of Connecticut.
“The one thing about Norwich, since it’s a military school, is it’s a widespread school with kids from around the country,” stated Weers. “It’s not just kids from the area like a lot of other schools around here, so I get to meet all different types of people.”
In Northfield, located in the heart of The Green Mountain State, Weers will join a Cadets team this fall that is looking to bounce back after a 2-8 season. Mark Murnyack is entering his 12th season as a head coach, rebuilding a program that is aiming to capture a conference title for the first time since 2015.
After moving to Hebron from Rockville in the 7th grade, Weers began to take athletics seriously. Along with his dedication on the gridiron, he ran sprints and threw for the school’s track and field team in the spring and would play basketball for the town throughout the year.
He said he will miss his football brothers the most, adding, “We had a great coaching staff and we were all really close with them. There are a lot of things that I left on the field and there are a lot of things that I could have done more of, but I’ll just keep pushing myself.”
Weers said he will use that mindset as motivation at the next level.
“I want to see how I compare. I’ve set goals and I’m looking forward to just seeing how far I can take myself,” he added. “I want to get bigger, stronger, faster, and push myself to the limit.”
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