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Monday, March 18, 2013
Visit reiterates Michigan's positives for TE

By Chantel Jennings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Brady Hoke has talked up how physical his practices are. And after seeing the Wolverines’ first practice of spring ball this weekend, Watch List tight end Nic Weishar (Chicago/Marist) said he knows Hoke walks the walk, too.

“The practice was really intense for the first day of spring,” Weishar said. “It was really upbeat and high tempo. I was pretty surprised for it being the first day of spring ball practice. I would expect it to be more sluggish or rusty looking.”

Weishar and his parents drove up from Chicago on Saturday morning and were able to take in practice that day. Following practice, they got to meet with the coaches and advisors.

The weekend visit was Weishar’s first overnight trip to Ann Arbor; he stayed with offensive lineman Blake Bars. Weishar enjoyed the social scene on campus and said that was one of the aspects he was hoping to get out of this weekend’s visit. For him, a big part of his final decision will be seeing how he fits with the players and whether he could imagine himself living with them off the field as well as on the field.

“I really fit well with him and the other guys he was hanging out with,” Weishar said of Bars. “So I think that’s a great sign.”

Weishar also saw how he fit in to the Wolverines’ offensive plans. Coaches sat him down to watch game film of how they intend to use a tight end of his size and skill level in their future offense.

“I feel like I would fit in really well to that style, that pro style offense they’re putting in there,” Weishar said.

Weishar doesn’t have any top schools yet. He wants to make a few more visits this spring before he starts to narrow everything down. Next on the docket will be Notre Dame (April 13) to take in spring practice  as well.

Overall, the unofficial visit helped to emphasize the benefits that Weishar saw in Michigan from the first time he visited.

“I really liked Michigan a lot when I visited last time and this just kind of refreshes my mind on why I liked it,” Weishar said. “The combination of academics and the great football tradition is pretty hard to beat. … I think it’s going to be a tough decision for me as a lot of these schools are really coming in hard with the recruiting process and showing me how much they really want me. It has been a lot of fun, but it’s going to be a tough decision for sure.”