Brockton's Weaver transfers from D3 to FCS

It’s not often these days you see college athletes making the jump from Division 3 to the top ranks. But with a generous financial aid package from Framingham State, not enough money for the prep school route, and Division 1 coaches encouraging him to bring his grades up, Brockton’s Carlito Weaver decided to gut it out the less-desirable way.

Weaver – a former Big 3 Conference All-Star, Boston Herald All-Scholastic and Shriners Football Classic captain at safety for Brockton High – had the talent to play with the big boys, and excelled both on and off the field this past year for the Rams. In addition to being named the New England Football Conference Rookie of the Year, he made Dean’s List both semesters.

Now, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Weaver is taking his exploits to Division 1 FCS power UMass, where he will be re-united with former Brockton teammate Darren Thellen.

“I applied to UMass Amherst, and upon acceptance I looked into it,” said Weaver, who was a key component to the Boxers’ Division 1 Super Bowl runner-up squad in 2008. “Darren Thellen said I could definitely play on the team up there … I got a tour of the locker room, the football facilities, and I just fell in love with the campus.

"It wasn’t mostly football for me, it was academic. I got accepted into the Isenberg School of Management. It was the best of both worlds.”

Weaver made his decision late last month. Per transfer rules, he will sit out this upcoming season. He’ll most likely compete for starting time as a defensive back in 2011.