Golden Tate (6-foot-0, 180 pound) was excited to receive his scholarship offer from Notre Dame. Once he had it in hand, he made plans to take his official visit for the annual football banquet last weekend.
"It went well," Tate said of his official visit. "The graduation rate and the tradition really stood out to me. I liked the architecture of the buildings on campus. It looked like it had some history, but the buildings were new and nice. The new buildings fit in with the older part of the campus.
"I like the football tradition. I like how they spray paint the helmets every week. I liked [the trip] a lot."
Tate could play several positions on either side of the ball and one question he wanted answered on his trip was how Notre Dame would use his talents.
"The players said that the coaches will find a way to get you on the field if you're good enough," Tate explained. "They said they neat thing about Charlie Weis is that he plays you where he thinks you can get some early playing time. If they think I can get some playing time at running back, they'll play me at running back. If I can get some at wide receiver or kick returner, I'll play there. I liked that a lot."
If Golden is able to settle into one position on the gridiron, he still has plans to pursue baseball in the spring.
"The baseball coach said I had a chance to come in and play as a freshman, because they need a centerfielder," Tate said. "I didn't talk to anyone who played both sports. I know coach Weis said if I'm going to play a lot [of baseball] he'll give me equal access to baseball, but if I don't play then my access to baseball will be limited."
"My host was George West," Tate said. "Demetrius Jones, Sergio (Brown), James Aldridge and everyone pretty much all hung out together. It's not like they thought they were too good for you or they thought they were better than anyone else. They treated me like I was already part of the family. I felt like home there, but that was my only trip so I don't really have anything to compare it to."
Notre Dame is considered the favorite to land Tate, but he would still like to see what Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida have to offer before his announecs his college decision.
"[Committing] ran through my mind, but I didn't commit," he said. "I wanted to come back and think things through. I still want to take some more visits."