Carl Junction’s Ray Weston commits to Central Missouri

Weston was an All-State RB for the Bulldogs
Carl Junction’s Ray Weston commits to Central Missouri

Carl Junction senior Ray Weston announced on Monday that he is heading to the MIAA next season to play for the Central Missouri Mules.

It’s been a tough road for the senior running back. Weston suffered an ACL injury prior to his final season at Carl Junction, and had to sit out the entire year.

“Prior to getting injured, I had interest from Division I programs,” Weston says, “They stopped talking to me when I got hurt. If they were smart they would have stayed interested. I’m going to grind and I’m going to show what I can do.”

Although a lot of programs bailed on Weston after his injury, Central Missouri did not. That was one of the main reasons Weston is headed to Warrensburg.

“They stuck with me this long, so I know they’re going to stick with me,” adds Weston, “I felt the love and the loyalty from them throughout this process. That’s what set them apart from other schools.”

Weston has been one of the best players in the four-state area for years. He earned All-State honors as a running back in his sophomore and junior seasons. He rushed for more than 3,000 yards combined in those two years, and scored 54 touchdowns.

Ray’s brother, Zayshawn, will be a sophomore cornerback next season for Pittsburg State, meaning the two will square off at least once a year for the next few seasons.

“I’m going to boom-stick that boy. I’m going to run him over,” Ray laughs, “For real though, we’ve both been working so hard for this opportunity. It will be fun to play against Zay and other guys I used to play with and compete against in high school.”

Weston has been recruited to play running back for the Mules, but noted that he would love the opportunity to play on defense as well. No matter what position he plays, Weston is excited about the opportunity to play for UCM, and has high expectations for the team in the future.

“I’m excited. I know we have a lot of great players coming from a lot of different places,” adds Weston, “I want to bring at least three national championships to Central. That’s what this class plans to do.”