The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been as good as anyone in recent years in developing tight ends and sending them off to the NFL. Anthony Fasano, John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph and Tyler Eifert have all starred at Notre Dame one year and become a high draft pick the next. Recruits notice this as well, hence why it seems every year the Irish sign at least one highly touted tight end prospect. Recently, the Irish snagged their guy for the class of 2014: Nic Weishar, from Midlothian, Illi.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was probably getting a little antsy in the last few days as most of his tight end prospects were rapidly choosing schools not located in South Bend. Daniel Helm picked Tennessee, Jeb Blazevich chose Georgia and Ian Bunting elected on Michigan. Then Weishar called Kelly and told him he wanted to be a Golden Domer, giving the Irish head coach his seventh commitment in the class of ’14. Weishar is choosing the Irish over a sea of other suitors: Ohio State, Oklahoma, Michigan and Ole Miss, among many others, were hot on his trail.
The 6-foot 5, 215-pound Weishar is exactly what you’ve come to expect from Notre Dame tight ends: tall, strong, fast, athletic, smart and above average in both receiving and blocking. Well, he may have some work to do with the blocking aspect considering he played his entire career at Marist High School at wide receiver. He’ll also need to gain some bulk without sacrificing any speed, which is good for the position. He may be a bit of a ‘tweener right now (too slow for wide out, too thin for tight end), but he could bring an electrifying playmaking ability to the position once he adapts.
Weishar will certainly have some competition come fall of 2014. Troy Niklas and Ben Koyack will be seniors. Mike Heuerman and Durham Smythe will be redshirt freshman/sophomores, plus, the Irish still might add another tight end in the class of ’14.
Needless to say, if Weishar wants to make an early impact in South Bend, he’s going to have to earn it.