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Junior tight end Nic Weishar of Marist gave his verbal commitment to Notre Dame Tuesday night. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

Junior tight end Nic Weishar of Marist gave his verbal commitment to Notre Dame Tuesday night. Weishar is rated the 14th overall tight end on FOX Sports NEXT and, although many things stood out to him about the Irish, tight end tradition was important.

Weishar picked Notre Dame over offers from Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Northwestern and many others.

“Obviously the tradition that they have had with tight ends was big,” Weishar said. “I think there is a total of like seven All-Americans at the tight end position, it is special how they use them and they know how to use them like no on else in college football.”

He added, “With Tyler Eifert doing so well it is pretty special, and I have a lot of expectations and I think I am up to the challenge.”

Weishar visited Notre Dame earlier in April, and that was the icing on the cake for the 6-4, 235-pound tight end.

“I have been there and visited a bunch of times and have tried to get around to as many schools as possible,” Weishar said. “Every time I set foot on Notre Dame’s campus there was something about it that pulled me to it.”

Throughout the recruiting process, family has been something Weishar stressed and when he told his parents he wanted to be a member of the Fighting Irish, they couldn’t have been happier.

“My mom was pretty emotional about it, she was crying and couldn’t be happier for me,” Weishar said. “My dad really liked it as well, and the past couple days he was giving me pros and cons of everything.”

He added, “They came along on all the trips they could, and they just wanted me to be happy and make the right decision for me. They love my decision and couldn't be prouder of me. It was a great decision for me.”

Weishar became the second Chicago-area prospect to give his verbal commitment Tuesday, joining Hinsdale Central tight end Ian Bunting, who committed to Michigan.

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