Nick Baratti (6-foot-2, 200-pounds) recently received his scholarship offer from Notre Dame, so when they invited him up to their junior day last weekend, it was something that he didn't want to miss.
"The tradition…it's Notre Dame," he said. "When they offered me, I was in awe and I really wanted to come up and meet with all the different coaches. I knew coach Cooks, because he's been down a couple time, but I really wanted to meet all the coaches and see the facilities.
"It went really good. I talked to the coaches; coach Martin, coach Kelly and coach Cooks. I really got a chance to get to know them, what they're about, how they coach, and what they look at when they coach. It went really good and I know what they stand for. I think I had great chemistry with them."
Not only did Baratti get along with the Notre Dame coaches, he really got a sense that they would be able to bring the Irish football program back to prominence.
"I believe in coach Kelly and I believe in what he told me and what the whole coaching staff told me," Baratti explained. "Their main goal is to win a national championship and they'll get one.
"They all come from winning programs. Coach Kelly turned around three different programs. It's kind of hard not to believe in them."
Nick can play multiple positions and he's being recruited to play on both sides of the ball, but the Irish have indicated that they would like to use him in the defensive backfield.
"I talked to coach Martin about where they thought that I'd fit in and they said safety, kick return and even possibly wide receiver or the slot," he said. "I really don't have a set position that I want to play. I've been offered as a quarterback, athlete, and safety… almost everything. I just want to go to a good program, a place that's right for me.
"Every school, is going to have a great coaching staff, and great facilities, but there's going to be that something extra, the gut feeling that I'll have that lets me know what college that I want to go to for the next four or five years. That gut feeling will be why I pick that one school."
Baratti will certainly have his options. He has scholarship offers from West Virginia, Texas Tech, Baylor, Mississippi State, and Arizona State among others. Although he loved his visit to South Bend, he's going to take his time making a decision.
"I want to take a couple more visits and then I'll probably narrow it down to a top-five," Nick said. "I've only visited a few schools, so I want to get around to some others. I'll narrow it down to a top four or five and then go visit those schools again and then probably decide."
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