Notre Dame Football: Irish Land Commitment No. 7

Matt SmithCorrespondent IIIApril 24, 2013

Courtesy: 247Sports
Courtesy: 247Sports

It was "Tight End Tuesday" around the recruiting world, as four of the nation's best tight end prospects gave verbal commitments.

Notre Dame landed the last of the four to commit - Midlothian, Ill.'s Nic Weishar, a 6'5", 215-pound rising senior from the suburbs of Chicago, . Other notable offers included Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss. Tennessee and Wisconsin.

Weishar is rated as the No. 5 tight end prospect in the country by 247Sports and No. 13 by Rivals. He had visited Notre Dame less than two weeks ago and had also attended last season's victory over Michigan. His primary recruiter was offensive coordinator Chuck Martin

The tight end dominoes began to fall early Tuesday afternoon when another Notre Dame target and Chicagoland native, Ian Bunting, committed to Michigan following a campus visit to Ann Arbor.

Perhaps Notre Dame's top tight end target, Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte, N.C., committed to Georgia later afternoon in a scheduled announcement. The third of the four to commit also pledged to an SEC school, as Chatham, Ill.'s Daniel Helm verbaled to Tennessee.

Weishar's national rankings differ greatly across major recruiting reporting outlets. At Marist High School, Weishar serves primarily as an outside receiver rather than a tight end, but doesn't have the athleticism to play outside at the major college level. Like most high school players, he'll need to add weight to be able to effectively block college linebackers. 

It's difficult to accurately assess how he'll transition to playing closer to the ball at Notre Dame based simply on high school film, but the tools are.there for Weishar to excel as both as a pass catcher and a blocker.

Notre Dame now has seven commitments on board in the 2014 class, which currently places them No. 10 nationally in the 247Composite rankings. The seven include two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen, a wide receiver, a linebacker and now a tight end.