Proud To Be Irish

Last week, Nicholas Tausch sat down with his parents to discuss recruiting. Arguably the best prep kicker in America, the Jesuit College Prep (Dallas, Texas) standout started weighing the pros and cons of the schools he was hearing from.

One school stood out among the rest.

"I kind of sat down with my parents to talk about recruiting, and Notre Dame popped up" Tausch said. He was also hearing heavily from LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Baylor, Utah and Louisiana Tech. "Notre Dame popped up and we talked about what would go on with them. I told them out of the schools recruiting me, that's the best option for me. I told them about the history and the tradition. It was pretty much the best university out there recruiting me."

Now, Notre Dame is the only school recruiting Nicholas Tausch.

On Tuesday afternoon, Irish head coach Charlie Weis offered the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Tausch a scholarship. He accepted on the spot.

"Basically, coach (Brian) Polian called my coach, and coach (Bob) Wunderlick called my Dad, and he gave him coach Weis' cell number, and told me to call him at 2 o' clock.

"I was excited. I called him and he told me he was running a camp at Notre Dame, and he said that he had one question for me. It was, if I would be offered a scholarship to Notre Dame, would I go there? I said if he did, I'd be honored. He offered me a scholarship and I told him I was committed and that I was in. I told him I was proud to be part of the Irish.

"He talked to me for about five minutes, and he handed the phone to coach (Rob) Ianello and he congratulated me. And I talked to coach Polian, and he congratulated me and said they look forward to me coming up and visiting, and sitting down and talking to them."

Tausch becomes the ninth commitment in Notre Dame's recruiting class, and the second specialist to verbally commit without seeing the campus. Punter Ben Turk from Florida gave Weis his pledge last week.

"I'm planning on coming to visit in the next week and a half to two weeks," Tausch explained.

Polian paid Tausch a visit during the spring recruiting evaluation period.

"Coach Polian came by, and he watched me kick during spring ball around April," Tausch began. "He came by and watched me kick, and told me I looked really good and that he was going to keep in touch through email."

Tausch looked good during the season as well. The junior booted 12 touchbacks in 11 games, and made 6-of-8 field goals with a long of 41 yards. Jesuit College Prep finished 6-5.

During the spring, Tausch nailed a 63-yard field goal with a holder, giving coach Wunderlick something to think about on Friday nights this fall. Instead of punting or going for it on fourth down, he can call on Tausch for three points.

"It wasn't really windy," Tausch said. "It was one of those kicks I had, where it felt so good when it left my foot. It was one of the greatest kicks I've ever had."

Not bad for a former signal-caller.

"I played quarterback freshman year, and I kicked as well," Tausch said. "I basically started kicking well during freshman year, and coach pulled me to the side and told me I was a great kicker and they didn't have a kicker, and he wanted me to concentrate on kicking. Ever since then, I started do it and continued."

Obviously a good call.

Tausch has a 3.3 GPA and wants to major in business or communications.


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