NCF On The Trail: Nic Weishar

Notre Dame is one of the most storied programs in college football, with a recruiting reach that spans nationwide. Since the beginning of the ESPN Recruiting Nation era in 2006, the Fighting Irish have experienced their fair share of ups and downs, but they have continued to make their presence known on the recruiting trail and brought some good talent to South Bend, Ind.

Below are Notre Dame’s top five recruits over this eight-year span, based on the prospect’s projection out of high school along with his actual college impact and production. Moving forward, the Fighting Irish could have some of their more recent recruiting targets compete for a spot on this list.

ESPN 300 TE Luatua picks Notre Dame

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With four tight ends making significant contributions to NFL rosters, Notre Dame is doing everything it can to chase down Stanford as the present day Tight End U.

The Fighting Irish took another step toward that goal on Monday, grabbing a commitment from ESPN 300 tight end Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada).

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsTyler Luatua, the No. 1 tight end in the ESPN 300, is a big commitment for Notre Dame.
Luatua, the nation's No. 76 overall prospect and No. 1 recruit at his position, whittled his choices down to Alabama and Notre Dame, before announcing for the Fighting Irish on Twitter on Monday morning.

Early on in his recruitment, Luatua was split between Alabama -- the school where his older brother, Isaac, attends and plays football -- and USC -- the hometown favorite. But even before the Trojans faded in their recruitment of Luatua, Notre Dame made a significant impression and grabbed virtually all of his attention. He took an official visit to see the Fighting Irish beat the Trojans in mid-October, and though he also attended Alabama's big recruiting weekend in early November, it wasn't enough to unseat Notre Dame, which built a solid relationship with the 6-foot-3, 243-pound tight end and had been his leader for a significant amount of time.

Luatua's commitment doesn't only give Notre Dame a big-time player at a position in which they continue to build strength, it's also another outstanding California prospect making their way to South Bend, Ind. In the 2013 class, Notre Dame was able to swoop in and grab four-star safety Max Redfield away from several Pac-12 programs. In 2014, Luatua joins four-star defensive tackle Matt Dickerson (San Mateo, Calif./Junipero Serra), who held offers from Oregon, UCLA, USC and Washington.

He joins a tight end group that is getting a significant influx of talent. Four-star tight end Nic Weishar (Chicago/Marist) is part of the 2014 class, and four-stars Mike Heuerman and Durham Smythe signed with Notre Dame in the 2013 class.

Luatua is commitment No. 23 for Notre Dame. He is the eighth ESPN 300 prospect and the 15th four-star commitment. He is also the No. 2 prospect in the class, behind only offensive tackle Alex Bars (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy), who is ranked No. 51.
Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin has been hired as coach at the University of Miami (Ohio), according to ESPN’s Joe Schad. A highly-respected coordinator at a big-time program will typically impact recruiting, but that might not be the case at a school like Notre Dame.


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Nearly two dozen scholarship offers were cut down to a final five schools by ESPN 300 tight end Dalton Schultz (South Jordan, Utah/Bingham) on Monday, as the big pass catcher took to Twitter to release his finalists.

Schultz, the nation's top player at his position, said the five schools remaining are Notre Dame, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah and Washington and added that he would like to take at least three official visits before making a decision, which he hopes will come after the football season.


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The first camp of the summer for 2015 receiver Flynn Nagel (Chicago/Marist) ended with an offer. He has at least four more camps in the month of June, so he hopes finishes the month with four more scholarships.

Nagel’s first stop was at nearby Illinois for its camp, and following the camp he spoke on the phone with coach Tim Beckman.


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Tight end Nic Weishar of Chicago Marist committed to Notre Dame Tuesday evening. The 2014 prospect told ESPN's RecruitingNation in a text message that he chose the Fighting Irish over offers from Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Tennessee and several others.

Weishar -- the No. 7 tight end in the country -- is Notre Dame’s seventh commit in the 2014 class, but the first tight end commitment. As the No. 7 tight end in the country, he is the top player positionally the Fighting Irish have landed (defensive end Andrew Trumbetti is their highest ranked commit overall).

At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds Weishar is a smaller tight end but has a history in basketball and as an offensive lineman, so he can both be a pass-catching tight end as well as someone who can block down field.

As a junior, Weishar accounted for five touchdowns and 1,100 yards on 89 carries.

Ohio State offer humbles 2014 TE 

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Just as soon as Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central) released a top three, he is reconsidering.

Of course some of that might have had to do with the fact Mike Vrabel and Ohio State offered the 6-foot-6, 200-pound tight end on Tuesday night.


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Ohio State made it a fourth.

With three tight ends already offered from the class of 2014, the Buckeyes are now going after an ESPN Watch List junior.


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