It was just a few weeks ago when the run of top 20 prospect at the tight end position giving their verbal took place. In a matter of 48 hours, those that follow recruiting saw Jeb Blazevich commit to Georgia, Ian Bunting choose Ann Arbor, Daniel Helm head to Knoxville, and Nic Weishar give his verbal to the Irish. Notre Dame had offers out to Bunting, Blazevich, Weishar, and had showed interest in Helm, but walked away with word from Weishar that South Bend will be his final destination.
Over the last 15 years, Notre Dames football program has slowly turned into Tight End University, as they have had Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph, and Tyler Eifert all drafted into the NFL. In more recent years the Irish have followed a familiar path with their choices at the tight end position, going with a taller, athletic player with great hands, and Nic Weishar seemingly fits that exact mold. The product out of Marist High in Chicago, stands 6’5, 215lbs. and in his Junior year had 89 receptions, 1050 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Nic talked to us about his decision to come to Notre Dame and if their ability to turn out tight end prospects played a factor.
Yeah, it wasn’t a massive factor, but when you have aspirations to play in the NFL, which I do, you want to go to a program that understands how to develop the position that you play, and obviously Notre Dames coaching staff really understands how to do that.
Weishar joins an impressive group of 2014 commits that have the Irish sitting comfortably in the rivals and ESPN top 10 recruiting classes for next year. Notre Dame assistant coach Chuck Martin has played a large part in building that class, and played a large role in Weishar deciding Notre Dame is where he wants to go.
I built a relationship with coach Martin early, and am very thankful for him. I think he knows me best of all the coaches that I have been talking to.
Growing up so close to Notre Dame’s campus, and in an area that is rich in Irish tradition and fans, it would be an easy assumption that Nic was an Irish fan as a kid and that’s what attracted him to the program, but you would be wrong.
Growing up on the south side of Chicago, obviously there are a ton of Notre Dame fans around here, but to be honest, I wasn’t that that big of fan as a kid. I was able to visit campus 6 or 7 times since my freshman year, and when I got on campus, I just fell in love with it, and every time I went up there, I found something even more I liked about it.
As with most recruits, football is important, but we talked to Nic about what else made Notre Dame such a good fit for him.
The first and foremost thing I was looking for throughout this whole process was a great education, and I am looking for something in the business field, and obviously Notre Dame has one of the best business programs in the nation.
Having most of your friends and family around you is a huge factor with a lot of recruits when it comes time to make a decision, and Nic spoke about why Notre Dame just made sense in that department.
I am a big family guy, and I would love for them to be able to come see me play, both my family and friends actually. Obviously being this close, they will be able to come over and see me play, and even when I am playing on the road, all of Notre Dames games are on national television, so all the pieces just kind of fit together.
A lot of recruits these days find the pressure and constant attention to be a necessary evil, and one of the darker side effects of being a national recruit, but Nic has a different perspective.
I have a lot of support around me, so that helps. I think part of the problem is some of these guys let it get in their head. I was lucky to have my coaches, my parents, my brothers there to keep me level headed throughout the whole process. It gets pretty crazy, but I just look at it as me being blessed to have this opportunity and feel very grateful to have coaches and schools want to talk to me about being part of their program.
If Nic is an indication of the type of kid that the Irish are consistently pursuing, then it would seem that the tight end position will be in good shape for years to come South Bend. The talented tight end from Illinois is the only recruit at his position that has given his verbal to Notre Dame, but the Irish staff are still doing battle with Alabama and USC for the services of Tyler Luatua, 4* recruit out of La Mirada, California.