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Bloom’s Jordan Benavides (8) makes a move against Crete- Monee’s Nyles Morgan (5). | Ray Luna ~ For Sun-Times Media
The first week of boys basketball practice brought some sobering news for Marist, a team that was projected to be among the top 10 teams in the preseason rankings.
Nic Weishar, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound junior who’s also one of the most sought-after football recruits in the Class of 2014, could miss the entire season after undergoing shoulder surgery on Tuesday.
According to Marist basketball coach Gene Nolan, it’s a “routine surgery.”
However, with the healing and rehab it will likely keep Weishar out for the year.
Weishar caught 89 passes for 1,034 yards and five touchdowns for the RedHawks this season, earning co-Offensive MVP honors in the East Suburban Catholic Conference. His multiple scholarship offers are from schools including Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Illinois.
Weishar also has been a valuable piece for the Redhawks’ basketball team since his freshman year. Last season, he averaged 13.2 points and 7.6 rebounds a game in helping lead Marist to a 26-6 record and a regional championship.
Morgan gets Buckeye offer
Crete-Monee junior linebacker Nyles Morgan wasn’t surprised by the new scholarship offer he got Monday night.
“I was sort of expecting the offer from Ohio State,” Morgan said. “And what really stands out to me is just their overall program and I like their stadium.”
Another thing he likes about the Buckeyes?
“They told me that I will have to work for playing time and to start,” Morgan said. “So they didn’t say, ‘You’re going to play early.’ But they told me that if I do start then it will be because I worked for it.”
Morgan says he has put recruiting on hold throughout the playoffs. Crete Monee advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals by beating Peoria Richwoods 35-32.
“Actually, I have not watched a college football game in a week or two now,” Morgan said. “The playoffs have been on Saturdays so I haven’t gotten a chance to watch anything. If I’m not watching film for the team, I am doing something to prepare.”
“We are currently undefeated and we are just worrying about the playoffs.”
Morgan also has offers from Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Northern Illinois and several other schools.
Rockets target juniors
Several of the area’s top juniors received their first offers from Toledo. One of those prospects is Glenbard West junior defensive back Hayden Carlson.
“My defensive back coach played college football with one of the coaches on the staff,” Carlson said. “When I got my first offer, It was just really exciting, I didn’t expect it at all.
“I just got called out of class to the pretty big news to start out my day.”
Glenbard West offensive lineman Eric Shute also received his first offer from Toledo along with Stevenson defensive back Matt Morrissey.
“I’m not positive if I will be visiting Toledo, but I am so excited to get my first offer,” Morrissey said. “I have heard a lot of great things about the program at Toledo.”
Odds and ends
Glenbard North junior running back Justin Jackson added offers from Indiana and Toledo. ... Several Chicago-area prospects who have offers from Purdue visited West Lafayette Saturday for the Boilermakers’ game against Penn State. The group included offensive lineman Jamarco Jones and running back Mikale Wilbon of De La Salle and Hinsdale Central wide receiver Ian Bunting.
Contributing: Joe Henricksen