Messiah deWeaver, a high school star at Trotwood-Madison and Wayne before going to Michigan State, has announced his next college football destination.
The quarterback plans to enroll at East Mississippi Community College.
The 6-foot-4, 221-pound redshirt freshman announced in late December his intention to leave Michigan State, where he played very little as the backup quarterback last season.
He redshirted in 2016, so deWeaver will have two more years of eligibility should he look to head back to the NCAA FBS in 2019, but he will able to play right away at that time.
If he had chosen to go to another FBS school for the coming year, he would have had to sit out per NCAA rules.
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The former four-star prospect made his college debut at Ohio State in November and played in one other game for the Spartans.
In high school, deWeaver won the starting QB spot at Trotwood as a freshman and would be the starting QB in three state championship games, but not all with the Rams.
He was Trotwood’s starting QB in consecutive Division II state title losses to Toledo Central Catholic (2012) and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (’13) as a freshman and sophomore. As a junior he also was the QB of record in a D-II state semifinal setback to TCC. That 17-14 defeat would be his last with the Rams because he transferred to Wayne soon after.
Success followed deWeaver. The Warriors (14-1) couldn’t close a perfect season, falling 45-35 to Lakewood St. Edward in a D-I state final. That was the end of one of the most successful QB runs in area high school history.
In four seasons as a high school starter, deWeaver played for teams that were a combined 49-9 and three state runner-ups. He completed 468 of 848 career passes (.551) for 7,624 yards, 90 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.