People tend to notice Weston Steelhammer. Who wouldn’t?
He’s 6-foot-2 with 190 pounds of solid muscle and he’s a handsome dude.
He can play just about any position on the Calvary Baptist Academy football team that coach John Bachman needs. Want a quarterback — got’cha covered. Need a bone-crunching safety — he’ll fill the bill. Lacking a little at tight end or wide receiver — give Steelhammer a call.
The senior has already been offered by McNeese and Central Arkansas as a football player, with others expected to get in the mix during his senior season.
“We believe he’s a legit, Division I, SEC football player,” Bachman said.
Steelhammer isn’t too bad at baseball either. Just ask Alabama coach Mitch Gaspard who has offered a scholarship in that sport. That’s on hold.
“And Weston is a great high school basketball player,” Bachman said. “He didn’t play basketball last year, but I hope he does this year because it increases our chances. He’s one of those kids that with the ball in his hands, it fits.”
It appears Steelhammer isn’t too shabby off the field either. He carries a 4.0 GPA in honors classes and is battling Garrett Williams for the top spot in the 2013 Calvary graduating class, according to Bachman.
“That opens up the Stanfords, the Vanderbilts and the service academies,” Bachman said.
And then there’s his faith.
“I realize the fact that I am extremely blessed and I try to bring Him honor and glory on and off the field,” Steelhammer said. “I know there’s more to life than football and baseball. I couldn’t be where I am today without my family, friends, coaches and, most of all, my savior Jesus Christ.”
Steelhammer hasn’t decided whether he’ll play baseball or football in college but he isn’t planning on attempting to do both.
“I’d definitely like to play at the next level, but I’ll have to see how things work out,” he said. “I know if I ever want to see the field at the college level, I’ll have to give one sport 100 percent.”
Steelhammer was originally slated to be Calvary’s quarterback this fall, but will now serve as the backup to Liberty, Texas, transfer Daniel Fitzwater, a 6-5 ½-inch fellow senior. Instead, he’ll play some at wide receiver/tight end and will quarterback the defense from his safety position. It doesn’t hurt that his mother is married to Calvary defensive coordinator Ronnie Alexander.
“He goes home with the defensive coordinator and that can’t be a bad thing … Ronnie being who he is,” Bachman said.
Calvary scrimmaged with Parkway on Friday night, but Steelhammer said most of the action was handled by “the twos and threes.” And he believes the Cavaliers have a shot to take the next step this fall by advancing to the Superdome after coming up a game short last fall.
“I definitely think we’ll make a run at it,” he said. “It’s a matter of our young guys stepping up and if those of us coming back do a good job of leading.”