"I kind of pictured myself in a Notre Dame jersey, in full pads, just running down from the tunnel," he said.
It won't be long until that becomes reality for Nicholas Tausch.
On June 17th, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound kicker from Dallas, Texas accepted a scholarship offer from Irish head coach Charlie Weis on the spot. The crazy thing is, Tausch had never even visited the campus.
On July 28th through the 30th, Tausch took in the Notre Dame campus for the first time.
"I thought it was amazing," Tausch stated. He was also hearing from LSU, Oklahoma, Baylor, Oregon, Utah and Louisiana Tech, before wrapping up his recruitment. "It seemed like everything they had was nice. I really liked the campus and everything they had to offer. I kind of knew going in I was going to like it for some reason, and when I got there it was true, I really did like it."
"I met with most of the coaches, talked to them, I took a tour around the campus, I got to see some of the stadium, the coaches office, the locker-room. I went to go see some of the dorms. It was just an overview of what I'm going to get in the coming years."
Tausch met freshman quarterback Dayne Crist and a few other players, and also got some one-on-one time with Weis.
"They seemed like really nice guys. I really loved it up there in Indiana.
"I really liked the campus and the players as well, and I really liked the coaching staff. They all seemed like honest people and great coaches, and I look forward to being a player with them."
Tausch and his parents bought up plenty of Notre Dame memorabilia at the campus bookstore.
During the season, Tausch's bye week at Jesuit College Prep happens to be the same weekend the Irish host Purdue. That's when he'll take his official visit to South Bend.
"That will be a good fit to go down there and see a game for once. I can't wait to see a game."
Tausch really can't wait to be a part of it.