Wermers looking to get his REPS

2007-04-14T00:00:00Z Wermers looking to get his REPS nwitimes.com
April 14, 2007 12:00 am

Steve Hanlon

Prep Beat

Imagine a phone ringing. It's Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr. Or Notre Dame's Charlie Weis. Or UCLA's Karl Dorrell. Or Iowa's Kirk Ferentz. Or Indiana's Terry Hoeppner. Or Purdue's Joe Tiller.

And every one of these big-time gridiron gods would get the same message.

"No, he isn't. He's at choir practice."

Choir practice?

That's where Crown Point junior Kurt Wermers spends a lot of his time. Can anyone sing "La-la-la-la?"

Wermers, though, might be one of the most hotly recruited Region football players in a long time.

"It's a lot of fun right now," Wermers said. "It wasn't like sitting and waiting for the first one. That was tough."

The Bulldogs' anchor on the line got his first scholarship offer in February, from Indiana. The number is now up to 10, and growing like the 6-foot-5, 270 pounder. He's been offered scholarships by IU, Purdue, Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan, UCLA, Cincinnati, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green and Central Michigan.

And he's still in the a capella choir.

"I love it," Wermers said of singing. "It gives me a chance to get away from big jocky athletic guys and hangd out with a different group of people."

Wermers will be hanging out with a different group of football players when he takes part in the Region Elite Passing School, which kicks off at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Portage High School. If you dream of playing college football and haven't yet signed up, you can still do so. But C.P. coach Chip Pettit said you should get there by 1:30. The cost for the five-session camp is $100.

"We want to create a situation where college coaches come in to see some of the bigger-named kids, but they'll notice a lot of other kids, too," Pettit said.

As many as 50 college coaches from all divisions are expected to watch REPS workouts in May.

"I'm an offensive lineman, so this will be good for me to get my name out, my face out and get to meet a lot of coaches," Wermers said. "It's an all-in-one kind of deal."

Wermers already has visited IU, Purdue, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Michigan and Iowa. He and his mother Melissa, will be traveling to Los Angeles at the end of the month to visit UCLA.

"I've loved football since the day I started playing it," Wermers said. "It's fun. If you hit your sister, your mom and dad are going to yell at you. But if you hit someone on the field, people will cheer for you. It doesn't get much better than that."

According to NCAA rules, it's another month before all these college coaches can begin calling Wermers at home. But that doesn't stop the communication in this recruiting game.

"Yeah, they can't call me right now, but they can text message me 55 times a day and say, 'Hey, can you call me?'" Wermers laughed. "I don't go anywhere without my phone."

Except, choir practice.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at shanlon@nwitimes.com.

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