One year after helping Vianney capture a Class 6 state championship, 2018 defensive lineman Tayvian Weary has established himself one of the premier defensive linemen in the St. Louis area.
At 5’11, 298 pounds, Weary has seen his stock rise over the past several months and has several NCAA Division I offers after a strong spring and summer.
Weary plays the game fast and violent and has a terrific burst with active hands and causes a lot of problems for an opposing offense in the run and pass game.
He saved some of his best play for the biggest moments, putting together a monster game in a 49-14 win over Fort Zumwalt North in the state championship game. In that contest, Weary had three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and five total tackles.
He finished his junior season with 59 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and seven sacks.
“I feel the most important game was our state (championship) game and I played very well and caused a lot of pressure,” Weary said. “My high school team was a very underdog type team a lot of people counted us out at first, but we stuck together and remained focused all season and ended with a state championship.”
This offseason, Weary says he is working on being more patient with my moves knowing when to attach and how to set people up for a move.
He began playing football when he was six-years-old and says the experience is something that still sticks with him today.
“It was a very special program,” he said. “The coaches were really down to earth and very role model type of people and the coaches are still very involved in my life now and we talk almost daily.
“My two youth coaches, they have stuck by my side from the very beginning and showed me the ropes and instilled a very strong work ethic in me. They care for me as a person more than as a player.”
Weary says he enjoys watching Aaron Donald and has tried to implement elements of his game into his own.
“He is a played I model myself and game after,” Weary said. “He carries himself well and he is an undersized defensive lineman like me and I look up to his playing style and technique.”
Weary is hearing from a lot of MAC programs, including Ohio, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, as well as Iowa and several other FCS schools, including North Dakota State.
He currently holds offers from South Dakota, Southern Illinois, Indiana State, Eastern Illinois, Southeast Missouri State and Missouri State.