Jack Wegher was just at Notre Dame a few weeks ago, but after a school visit from Irish assistant Tony Alford last week, the 2016 athlete has decided to return to South Bend again this weekend.
The 5-foot-10, 195-pounder, who attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., was at the Irish’s game against Oklahoma in September.
“I think it was awesome,” Wegher said of his previous trip to Notre Dame. “It was a good atmosphere. Even though they lost, it was still good to get in there, get to know the campus and get to know the coaches a little bit.
“I just liked the tradition, how all of the buildings are pretty old.”
Wegher also enjoyed the time he was able to spend with the Notre Dame coaching staff during the trip.
“It was great,” he said. “They seem like they have it figured out and everything and they treated me pretty well.”
Wegher hasn’t taken any other visits to this point, but decided to take Alford up on his offer to return when the Irish recruiting coordinator made a stop at IMG last week to check in on 2014 running back Bo Scarbrough, who will be making an official visit this weekend. Wegher gave Scarbrough a brief rundown of his earlier stop at Notre Dame.
“He just asked me how it went and I said I liked it a lot, so he decided he was going to go,” Wegher said.
After this weekend’s visit, Wegher does have plans to hit some other schools.
“I’m going to go to Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Nebraska,” he said.
Just a sophomore, Wegher is waiting on his first offer, but is hearing from a host of schools already. With sub-4.5 speed, Wegher believes he could play either running back or slot receiver at the next level. Coaches have told him they like his approach to the game.
“They say I have a very high football IQ and that I handle myself well on and off the field,” he said.
Like Scarbrough, Wegher is in his first season at IMG after transferring from Bishop Heelan High School in Sioux City, Iowa and is enjoying the opportunity.
“I love it here,” he said. “It’s different than every other high school in the nation. We have the best coaches and facilities in the nation, so we have a lot of advantages over people.”
The daily schedule is more like a college schedule than high school.
“I have class from 7:30 to 12:30 and then I get lunch and we have practice from about 1:30-6,” Wegher said. “They’re trying to prep us for college, so they’re doing the best they can.”
Wegher still has plenty of time before he makes a decision, but knows it’ll be one based on a variety of factors.
“The best fit for me, what I like, what my family likes, who wants me the most and what offense I think I could fit in the best.”