Jake Golic Impresses In San Antonio

Jake Golic is quickly showing he will be one of the nation's top tight ends in the recruiting class of 2009. The West Hartford, Conn. product caught every pass thrown to him during one-on-one drills at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas, just over a week ago, earning Scout.com all-combine honors, while going against some of the country's best juniors.

"It was the best competition I've ever been against," Jake Golic said. His brother Michael Golic Jr. is verbally committed to play for the Irish, and his father and uncle also suited up for Notre Dame. "It was a little different than Connecticut football, but I think I faired pretty well."

That may be an understatement.

Despite a tweaked hamstring, the 6-foot-5, 208-pound Golic was impossible to cover inside the Alamo Dome.

"I had to do a lot of work to get open," he said. "The linebackers were enormous, but speed helped a little bit, and I was able to get a little separation."

Golic was able to get a little separation during the season as well. He caught 21 passes for 410 yards and two touchdowns, helping Northwest Catholic High qualify for the state playoffs.

He is getting looked at by several top programs in the country. Connecticut offered a scholarship last week. Boston College, Oregon, Rutgers, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, Miami and Florida State are a few of the many schools showing interest.

Then there is Notre Dame, where is father Mike Sr. played from 1981-84 as a defensive end/outside linebacker. Following a career in the NFL, he is now an analyst and radio host for ESPN. Uncle Bob suited up from 1975-78.

"It's been pretty heavy interest," Golic said. "My brother has been talking to (Notre Dame head coach) Charlie Weis, and he said they were interested. A few things have to get in order, and then we should be good with Notre Dame."

Golic said he thinks all he needs is a high enough SAT score, and then he should have everything he needs to warrant a scholarship offer. He has a 2.6 core GPA and is taking the SAT the weekend of Jan. 26.

"I would feel real comfortable at Notre Dame," Golic stated. "I think that's the place to be. Obviously I want to keep my options open if it doesn't work out for me, but that's the golden ticket.

"You can get a great education there for one thing. The tradition is a great thing down there and the fan base, it's just incredible down there.

"It would be incredible to be able to play where (my family) played before, and incredible to play with my brother. That would be real exciting."

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