ND Commit Baratti Ready for Kelly In-home

Klein Oak High (Spring, Texas) athlete and Notre Dame Nick Baratti is living stress-free as signing day approaches. He committed early and never wavered, and Tuesday he will have an in-home with coach Brian Kelly.

While some prospects stress the last week before signing day and meet with a multitude of coaches and jam a final official visit in, Klein Oak High (Spring, Texas) senior and Notre Dame commit Nick Baratti is relaxing.

He will host Irish coach Brian Kelly and assistant coach Kerry Cooks on Tuesday for an in-home, but beyond that there is little going on in recruiting as he readies to sign with the Irish on Feb. 1.

About the only drama is whether the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Baratti will remain at safety or grow into a linebacker, but it sounds like the Irish have plans for him to play both. He played most receiver and defensive back as a senior after playing quarterback as a junior and finished with 76 rushes for 430 yards and 10 touchdowns, and caught 47 passes for 569 yards and four scores.

"Coach talked to me about playing in a dime situation or a nickel, kind of like a hybrid safety/linebacker,' Baratti said. "I don't think it's going to be a middle linebacker or a strict outside linebacker."

Other than the odd phone call from a school questioning Baratti's commitment to the Irish – Arizona called to check in recently – the highlight of recruiting is the in-home.

"I want to get to know more about (Kelly)," Baratti said. "I'm pretty comfortable around him, and I talked with him many times, and coach Cooks I see all the time, so I really don't know what (to expect). I've been committed for so long it's different for my situation."

Baratti also is leaving other uncommitted recruits alone as they ready to make their choices.

"When I first committed (Baratti talked to other prospects) and a little bit when I went on my official visit, but not really since then," Baratti said. "You can only tell a person so much about a school between texting, messaging and twitter and Facebook."

Baratti toyed with the idea of entering Notre Dame early, but elected not to so he can enjoy his senior season. That means working out and running track, where he competes in the 110 hurdles, 33 hurdles and 4 X 100 relay.

"I've been working out a lot and I have a personal trainer," Baratti said. "My best time is 14.2 (seconds in the 110 hurdles) and I placed third in the district last year. I've been doing track for a long time, and I just like it. I love hurdles. I guess you can say stay in shape, so I do that instead of basketball."

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