- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- Marist sophomore tight end Nic Weishar isn’t much for baseball, but he still could appreciate what he experienced at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday.
Weishar, who is one of the nation’s top Class of 2014 tight ends, tossed a football around with White Sox slugger Adam Dunn on the field and received some advice from manager Robin Ventura. Weishar had been at the stadium for a television interview.
“That was an amazing experience,” Weishar said. “Robin Ventura said to enjoy the process and don’t rush anything. Dunn said to enjoy it because it only happens once.”
Weishar said Ventura also filled him in on Oklahoma State’s campus. Ventura played baseball at Oklahoma State.
Dunn, a former football player, was happy to play catch with Weishar.
“I just met him, and I follow college recruiting,” Dunn said. “I knew the name. He had a football and I wanted to throw it.”
Weishar, who is 6-5 and 210 pounds, has been enjoying his recruiting process so far. During the spring, college coaches from around the country made visits to Marist to visit Weishar. He now has scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
“I didn’t know what the spring was going to be like,” Weishar said. “I don’t think coach (Pat) Dunne knew. Every day it seemed like he was calling me down to his office.”
As a sophomore, Weishar put himself on the national map. He had 77 receptions for 1,160 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“I think what teams notice first and foremost about Nic is his competitiveness,” Dunne said. “He’s obviously got great speed and quickness for his size.”
Weishar is also devoting more time to football than in the past. He stopped playing club travel basketball this spring for the Illinois Wolves and decided to concentrate on football. He does still plan to play for his high school basketball team.
“I just realized football is the better decision,” Weishar said. “That’s what I want to play in college.”
Weishar and Marist will begin their summer football activities at a Northwestern 7-on-7 event this week and will play at Richards High School against area teams on June 16.
“I’m not thinking about recruiting right now,” Weishar said. “I’m just focused on the season ahead.”