One More Decision Remains for Baratti

Nick Baratti of Klein Oak High (Spring, Texas) is on Notre Dame's campus this week not so he can be recruited, but to figure out when he will begin his career with the Irish. The quarterback, who will play safety at Notre Dame, is thinking about enrolling in January, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about his decision.

Klein Oak High (Spring, Texas) four-star safety Nick Baratti already made one huge decision about his future when he committed to Notre Dame in mid April, but another huge one looms.

Baratti, who is wrapping up a three-day visit to campus today, has the option of enrolling in January, which would give him a head start on competing for playing time in the 2012 season.

"That's really becoming a big decision," Baratti said. "I'm definitely thinking about it. I know my mom really doesn't want me to. She wants me to finish out my high school years, but what mother wouldn't? I think that's going to be a big decision. I'm thinking about it."

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Baratti said he is looking at the Irish safety situation, his physical readiness and what he would miss out on if he eschewed his last few months of high school to enroll early at Notre Dame.

"It's just the beginning stages," Baratti said. "I was talking with (assistant) coach (Tony) Martin, (assistant) coach (Kerry) Cooks and defensive coordinator (Bob) Diaco, and I have the build of all their safeties right now. I think if I keep working at it, I'll be ready by January. I guess time will tell."

Baratti plays quarterback at Klein Oak, but there is no mistaking he will play safety for the Irish. He played the position as a sophomore, and said his responsibilities in reading defenses as a quarterback will help his transition to the secondary in college.

"(Notre Dame) does not have a lot of safeties on board," Baratti said. "They have three or four, with freshmen, and I'm hoping to play early, and that's what they are talking to me about."

Discussing when his Notre Dame career begins wasn't the impetus behind making the trip to campus. Baratti committed to the Irish on April 16, but still wanted to travel to campus to get a better feel for the program.

"I just wanted to make sure my commitment was solid, and make sure this is the place I want to be," Baratti said. "Everything is going great, just like I thought it would."

One of the things Baratti is enjoying the most is how he is interacting with the current players. While other recruits are on campus being recruited by the Irish, he is already fitting in.

"It's different. I'm treated like one of the guys already," Baratti said. "It's pretty cool. I keep hangin' out with the guys, watching workouts. Watching their routine without any coaches there, and seeing them take over practice because coaches aren't allowed there, it's cool to watch."

On Wednesday, Baratti watched the players in the weight room in the morning, and enjoyed 7-on-7 passing drills later in the day.

"I wanted to throw some cleats on and go play," he said. "I didn't, but it was fun to watch and hang out with the players. I did hang out with coach Martin and coach Cooks, watching film and seeing how they do different things, so it's been good."


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