Weishar to visit Wildcats

Northwestern has opened up its spring drills, and that means it can host recruits on campus for visits. This Friday, the Wildcats will welcome Marist (Ill) tight end Nic Weishar to campus, where they will work to secure a spot in his list of favorites. PurpleWildcats offers the latest on the standout tight end.

Nic Weishar has 19 scholarship offers on the table, but is staying patient with the recruiting process. The Marist (Ill.) High School tight end is working toward narrowing his list.

Weishar, a 6-foot-5, 225-pounder, will visit Michigan on March 10 and Notre Dame on April 13. Before that, this Friday, he will visit the Northwestern Wildcats and spend the weekend in Evanston.

"I'm hoping to spend a little time with the tight ends coach, hoping to get to know him a little better, and just hang with the players and see what kind of kid they are," Weishar explained. "I want to find out if I can see myself in that locker room."

To this point, the answer is yes; Weishar feels more than comfortable with the Wildcats. He has visited Northwestern several times—easily done as he lives an hour away from campus—and has built strong relationships with the program.

The next step for Weishar is getting to know the players. Staying on campus with the team, he'll be able to make connections and get a sampling of what his life at Northwestern would entail.

"I haven't yet gotten to talk with a bunch of the guys, but that's what I'm hoping to do," Weishar said. "I'm doing an overnight visit. I just want to see how I fit in."

Weishar has followed along with the Wildcats' on-field success, something which really stands out in his mind. However, Northwestern's academic prestige remains the most influential factor.

"The past few years, it's five straight bowl games, which is awesome," said Weishar. "Obviously, the great academics stand out to me and my family the most; because that's the first thing I'm looking for. And the relationships I've built with those coaches there are fantastic."

For Weishar, it's still too early to form a list of favorites, but he likes Northwestern's odds of being a finalist.

"What I see from them," he said, "with the great relationships I've built with the coaching staff, I definitely think they'll be in the mix."

Northwestern, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Ole Miss have been expressing the strongest interest in Weishar thus far. For now, he's working to evaluate each option.

"I'm still trying to keep in contact with all the schools right now," he said. "I've been around a little bit. I'm talking with my family and still trying to figure everything out. We're just planning it out right now."

Weishar's offseason is off to a strong start. While he spent the first part of it recovering from a shoulder injury, he is three weeks from being fully recovered, and is working on speed drills to pass the time.

"The main thing for me is to be able to get faster," he added. "I wasn't able to play basketball this year because of my shoulder injury. I'm about 225 [pounds] right now, and I feel I've gotten faster already."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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