Scouting: Marist vs Niles Notre Dame Prep

Niles Notre Dame gave one of the state of Illinois' top teams a real run for their money, as they battled Chicago Marist down to the final seconds. Scout was on hand and had a chance to see several top prospects, including two exciting juniors.

This game featured one junior who already has multiple offers, Marist wide receiver Nic Weishar, and one who I think will get them in time, Notre Dame running back Chris James.

Weishar is a big target at 6'5, 215-lbs. He has good hands and strength. He dragged defenders after the catch and did not go down easily. He's a solid route runner who got open underneath and was very reliable catching the ball. He has a good sense of where the first down markers are and awareness of the sidelines. He makes a lot of "move the chains" plays and catches along the boundary. He only really had one jump ball opportunity, which was broken up. I'd like to see more of that part of his game in the future. He looked like a future tight end who will really fill out his frame and be able to create matchup problems.

James is a compact back with good explosion and burst. He struggled with cramps later in the game, but had a great 36 yard touchdown run where his speed was apparent. Having seen him on film, I knew he was a big play guy, but he also showed me that he could grind out yardage and move the chains even when teams were trying to keep him from getting outside.

Marist had a few other prospects to watch out for. Senior defensive tackle Shannon Smith isn't the biggest guy at 6'1, 268-lbs, but is a good athlete who is disruptive with his quickness and ability to penetrate.

Senior quarterback Ian Woodworth is another who isn't real big (6'0, 165), but puts good zip on his passes, and could make every throw he was asked to make. Good arm, solid accuracy, and a guy who should get some D2/FCS looks.

Sophomore receiver Flynn Nagel is a good athlete with solid speed and good elusiveness. He can take short passes and turn them into long gains and made a few tough grabs. Definitely a guy to remember.

For Notre Dame, junior corner Pat Cravens did an admirable job against Weishar. He had two interceptions and broke up a deep ball intended for the much bigger receiver.


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