But a very bright future awaits for the Golic brothers, and soon they will be together again.
Michael Golic Jr. leaves in six days for Notre Dame, his new home away from home. He'll be a freshman center and long snapper on the Irish football team. His best friend, Jake Golic, will remain in West Hartford, Conn., to captain his high school team, trying to build on the tone set by his older brother and a few others last fall.
Three years of being teammates and workout partners comes to an end for a short while.
"It's an interesting feeling, and it's going to take some getting used to," Mike said.
"We were just talking about that the other day," Jake said. "Mike is down to six days before he leaves for college, so we were talking about the first real practice that rolls around, and how weird that will be not having him and the other seniors around. It's something that's going to take a little adjusting."
The two Golic boys will reunite during the summer of 2009. Jake was the first verbal commitment in Notre Dame's current recruiting class. Mike did the same the year before. And while Mike's departure date for college has sneaked up on the two of them, they certainly maxed out their hang-out time over the last few months.
"We are basically inseparable," Jake said. "We are each others workout partner. We do everything together. He has been my best friend forever, and my number one inspiration to push me for football."
The two have been pushing each other in the weight room the last few months.
When Mike received his running and lifting workout program from Notre Dame after signing his letter-of-intent back in February, Jake has been right by his side doing the same routine with him.
"We figured since we had it out here, we'll give him a little taste of what he is going to have to deal with," Mike said. "It's been working well for both us."
That could be an understatement.
"I've put on a good 22, 23 pounds since February," Mike said. At 6-foot-5, he now weighs a hair under 280.
"After that (U.S.) Army (All-America) Game, I was a little drained and light because I was coming off my high school season, but right now I feel strong. I've been going right along with the program, steady with the running, and I don't feel like I've lost a step. I feel like I've gotten bigger and faster. It's been a good off-season, definitely."
Jake will still play receiver this coming season, before moving to tight end when he arrives at Notre Dame.
"I'm up to 223 right now," Jake said. That's a 17-pound increase for the 6-foot-5 Golic. "My weight has gone up a ton."
So has Jake's workload on the prep level. This coming season, he will also play defensive end.
"Oh man, I love defense," Jake stated. He had 21 receptions for 410 yards and two touchdowns last fall. "I love hitting people. It's going to be fun to line up on the other side of the ball a little more."
Mike will be having fun also, as he begins his career following in some of the family's footsteps. Mike Sr. played defensive end/outside linebacker for the Irish from 1981-84. After a nine-year career in the NFL, Golic is now an analyst and morning radio show host for ESPN. Uncle Bob suited up at Notre Dame from 1975-78.
"Hopefully I've done all I needed to prepare for it, and we'll see what happens when I get out there," Mike said. "I've been doing a lot more, and also sometimes working out with (future ND teammate) Asaph (Schwapp), who is also a Connecticut guy.
"Let me tell you what, if there is anyone I'm going to learn to get strong from, it will be that guy. There is a gym in Bloomfield that's not far from either of us, or he'll just come over to Northwest."
While the hang out time for the two Golic brothers will soon be greatly diminished, they will still get to see each other from time to time. Jake will be on campus a couple times this summer, and try and make it in for a game or two around his own football schedule. The two will be able to reunite at the end of this month, when Jake is in town for camp the weekend of June 28th.
"I think as of right now it's me, (Tyler) Stockton, Theo (Riddick), Cierre (Wood) and (Carlo) Calabrese that‘s going," Jake said of Notre Dame's second summer camp. "I don't know about (fellow verbal committs) (Dan) Fox or (Alex) Bullard."
He does know that he'll share a few laughs with his brother, before the two return to their temporary separate lives.