By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Roman Weber listened to his grandmother. How could he go wrong?
Spurred by family tradition, Bedford North Lawrence’s senior All-State center committed to play college football at Hanover on Friday afternoon. He will follow in his father’s footsteps. BNL coach Steve Weber also played for the Panthers.
Weber, a two-time All-Hoosier Hills Conference selection as an offensive lineman, had a difficult choice between three worthy suitors. He was ultimately swayed by his grandmother during a recent visit.
“She kept chanting ‘Hanover’ the entire trip,” Roman said with a laugh. “It was a really tough decision. It took me a while. And when (Drew) Shoufler decided, it kind of puts the cherry on top.”
Weber will join his BNL teammate at Hanover, which went 7-4 and qualified for the national playoffs last season under four-year head coach Matthew Theobald.
His father was understandably proud, of course. When Roman (who will wear his father’s old number as well) made his announcement on Twitter, Steve followed with “Proud of ya Stud. Big shoes to fill.”
“And I definitely do,” Roman said.
“It’s pretty cool,” Steve said. “I tried not to put any pressure on him as far as what to do, where to go. I wanted it to be his decision. But that was one of my favorites.
“I had a lot of fun there, it was a great experience for me, and I think he’ll have that as well. The coaching staff will do great things. He will get a lot of football out of it and a great education. I’m excited for him.”
Weber anchored BNL’s offensive line during the 8-3 campaign last season, setting up an attack that generated 397.4 yards per game. He was credited with 13 pancake blocks.
He plans to major in exercise science, which falls in line with his love for the weight room.
Hanover, a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, will start the 2019 season at home against Centre on Sept. 7.