Dillan Weber and Corbin Anderson took different paths but at the end of their high school careers both will have the opportunity to play college football.
Weber will be a preferred walk-on at Portland State University and Anderson received a partial scholarship to play at Western Oregon University. They seniors made their commitments official during a ceremony at Lebanon High School on Thursday, Feb. 21.
"It's a big deal. We like to celebrate our athletes who have done the right things," said Lebanon Athletics Director Kraig Hoene. "In this case we've got two young men who took different paths. Corbin showed up as a freshman he was a man, got after things right away. He's just continued to improve. Talking to the Western Oregon coach ... they're excited about his motor and what he brings.
"With Dillan, we've got a young he comes in, he's a freshman, like most of us are a freshman. ... As a junior, senior, we've seen his body blow up. We saw some things out of him as a senior I didn't think athletically he had in him. I'm super-excited to see him at Portland State."
Anderson, who was listed on the fall football roster at 6 feet, 2 inches tall and 230 pounds, will play on the defensive line at Western Oregon. He was also pursued by Eastern Oregon and said his campus visit clinched his decision.
"The coaches and players made me feel really comfortable. It felt like another Lebanon," Anderson said.
Anderson said he has not yet settled on a major and he does expect to redshirt his freshman year.
Weber, listed at 6-feet-1 and 220 pounds, will play linebacker for the Vikings. His decision came down to Portland State and Western Oregon.
He was attracted by the opportunity he sees with the Vikings.
"I don't want to have any regrets," Weber said. "It just felt right."
He willl also redshirt his freshman year, but coaches told him they will take advantage of the rule which allows players to appear in four games while still preserving their redshirt status.
Weber has not settled on a major but is interested in a career in health care.