Golic Is Keeping Tabs On Irish

Michael Golic Jr. got the ball rolling for Notre Dame recruiting in February as he became the first commitment of 2008 recruiting class. The offensive lineman from Northwest Catholic High School (West Hartford, Conn.) will be the anchor of a very strong offensive line class.

Michael Golic Jr. (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) made the trip to Notre Dame for the annual Blue-Gold spring game in April, but this trip was a little different than all the others. When he arrived on campus this time, he was the center of attention. This was the first time he had been on campus since he committed to play football for the Irish.

"It was a great weekend," Golic responded when asked about his spring visit. "I got to meet and hang out with a lot of the guys that had already committed. Friday night we hung around Braxston Cave and Sean Cwynar a little. Then we got a couple more guys to commit on the weekend, so it was fun.

"The crowd was unbelievable. Getting 50,000 plus to show up for a spring football game is crazy. The game itself was pretty good. We all got to see the quarterback battle and see the guys step up. I think the team looks sharp right now. It seems like its going to be a solid group. It's going to be a young team, but based on the past couple recruiting classes, the team is loaded with talent, so the sky is the limit for this team.

"After the game we got a chance to go into the locker room," Golic said "We got to talk to some of the current players a little. Later on we went out to dinner with the family and some of our friends that live out there."

Like other recruits that made their way to South Bend for the weekend Golic, and his younger brother Jake, got a taste of what it would be like to be a star player at Notre Dame. While leaving the stadium, Golic found fans anxiously waiting for an autograph.

"I got a little bit of that which was a lot of fun," Golic said of his newfound fame. "After the spring game, going out of the tunnel, we were getting mobbed. That part of it all was the fun side of everything.

"It was a very different scene. I've been used to walking around campus and people recognizing my dad, but it was cool to be with some of the guys and be recognized ourselves. It's kind of sinking in that we're part of the next generation and we're getting ready to take care of business."

Golic is keeping track of his future teammates and he'll get a chance to meet up with them again when he returns to South Bend next month.

"I've been texting [the other commitments] off and on," Golic explained "I probably will be in touch with them when its time to go back out to Notre Dame for camp. I assume all those guys will be out there for at least a little of it. We're coming to the camp on June 24, because Jake will be doing the camp again and my sister has the swim camp around the same time.

"I'll probably do at least a day of camp. I want to get a chance to work with coach Latina. A little more time with him doesn't hurt. We talked some at the spring game [at his philosophy] and going to their camp in the past, I've kind of gotten some exposure to it. I'm sure the circumstances will be a little different this time, so we'll be talking a lot more. We'll be able to go into a little more in-depth this summer."

Making an early decision for Notre Dame has relieved Golic from the pressure of dealing with college recruiters this spring, but he has had a few familiar faces come through the door this May.

"I've talked to coaches that have come by to see Kevin Eagan," Golic said. "Kevin is a friend of mine that's getting looks from some DI schools. He's a junior defensive end. The coaches have come up, shook hands with me and said hi and asked how everything is going. I'm still getting the letters in the mail box, but besides that it's slowed down.

"Coach Powlus and coach Weis were just out at my school on May 14. I still get text messages from both of them on and off, so they've been keeping in the loop on everything.

"I definitely keep track of recruiting to see what the situation is," Golic said. "I try to keep track of who is committing and who they're going after. I've heard that they're trying to get one more offensive lineman to finish off this class."

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