Weishar interested in Northwestern

Marist (Ill.) High School wide receiver Nic Weishar is receiving heavy interest from Northwestern. The standout sophomore talks about the Wildcats and more in this PurpleWildcats.com recruiting update.

Nic Weishar knew he was interested in Northwestern long before Pat Fitzgerald and the rest of the coaching staff had their eyes set on him.

His mom attended NU and hasn't held back on divulging every last story and useful tidbit about the campus and college lifestyle. So when the 2014 Marist High (IL) tight end received an offer from the Wildcats in August, the prospect of following in his mom's footsteps became a more tangible, and altogether more likely scenario.

"With her having gone there, Northwestern has always been a topic of conversation around the family," Weishar said. "She's told me all about it, but she definitely isn't forcing me to go there. We agree that it's about finding the best fit, the best place for me."

If Weishar plans to follow his mom's advice, finding that "best fit" will be no easy task. Besides NU, the sophomore has drawn interest from Wisconsin, Purdue, Notre Dame, Iowa and Vanderbilt, among others—receiving offers from every school mentioned.

The numerous brand name programs hot on the Weishar pursuit trail are there for a reason. The 6-5, 200-lb pass-catcher can line up at either tight end and receiver, both quick enough to evade linebackers and DBs and strong enough to hold blocks against larger defensive lineman.

That kind of unique skill set has high major college coaches salivating over the potential dynamic force Weishar could develop into within any offensive system.

For Fitzgerald, it only took one phone conversation before extending an offer.

"It was pretty cool," Weishar said. "The first time he was allowed to call me, and he was already asking me to go play for him."

Weishar made several visits to NU before he received an offer, touring the campus with his mom and attending the Nov. 2010 Wrigley Field game against Illinois. Most recently, he took part in a superback position meeting with coach Bob Heffner after a spring practice in mid-April. Weishar was impressed with the intensity of the team workout.

"It was really intense, really upbeat," he said. "I liked how fast everything was. You could tell everyone had a good attitude out there."

Drake Dunsmore—now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers—thrived as a superback at NU, excelling as both a pass-catcher and a blocker. Weishar sees himself playing a similar role if he decides to join the Wildcats.

"I really liked his game," he said. "He's a great blocker and a great pass-catcher. He's in the NFL now, so it doesn't get any better than that. I definitely could see myself playing the same position."

Fitzgerald and Weishar talk on the phone about every two weeks, and he plans to return to campus sometime in the future.

As a sophomore, Weishar has just entered the earliest stages of his recruitment process. But with his stated goal of one day playing in the Big Ten and no short order of good stories from his mom, NU could very well become one of his top choices.

"Right now, I'm just taking it all in, trying to learn as much as possible," he said. "I've heard a lot of good things about it [Northwestern] and I've had good experiences there. I like coach Fitz, how he handles the team, the practices. So, we'll see where it goes."


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