Ready To Show Out

A year ago at the U.S. Army All-American Game, Michael Golic Jr. had a lot of critics wondering about his worthiness to play in the prestigious high school football showcase. However, over the week of practice and during the game, the current Notre Dame freshman offensive lineman from West Hartford, Conn., proved he belonged.

Now his younger brother Jake Golic is going through the same thing.

Selected to play in this year's U.S. Army All-American Game, the 6-foot-5, 221-pound tight end out of Northwest Catholic High, is aware that some people don't think he should be in San Antonio this week for all the festivities.

"Obviously people are going to say the last name, and talk about the player rankings online, and that the Golic boys don't deserve to be there, but I feel like I can play with anyone in the country, and it's going to be a big proving point when I play," Golic explained.

Golic's father Mike Sr. played defensive end/outside linebacker for Notre Dame 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.

"I can't wait to see how I hang with the top kids across the country," Golic said. Practice for the Army game begins on Monday, with Saturday's game kicking off on NBC at 1 p.m. "Some of the high school competition here hasn't been great. I want to see how I stack up against other kids, and see if I'm better, and everything else."

Golic is also pumped to hang out with fellow Notre Dame verbal commits Cierre Wood, Shaquelle Evans, Chris Watt, Zeke Motta and Tyler Stockton. Wood, Evans and Watt will suit up for the West team, with Golic, Motta and Stockton playing for the East.

"I'm really excited," Golic stated. "I have a countdown going. Me and Chris Watt have been talking to each other almost everyday about how soon it is until we'll be going. Seeing what Mike got to do last year at this game, I think it will be really exciting to get down there."

Golic and Watt have been trash talking to each over Facebook.

"We've been saying anything to get in each other's heads," Golic said. "I've been telling Chris how we're going to go up and down on them all day, and we'll be tackling Cierre and stuff."

Irish recruit Byron Moore will also suit up for the West. The four-star safety is verbally committed to USC, but has taken an official visit to South Bend and hosted Charlie Weis for an in-home visit in late November.

Under Armour All-American Game: While Notre Dame has six verbal commits suiting up for the Army game, Zach Martin is the only one playing in the Under Armour All-American game to be aired on ESPN this coming Sunday night.

Irish recruits, five-star linebackers Jelani Jenkins and Manti Te'o are also playing in the Orlando event, though both aren't expected to announce a verbal commitment next weekend.

Offense-Defense All-Star Game: Four-star cornerback Marlon Pollard will represent Notre Dame at the Offense-Defense All-Star game to be played at Coastal Carolina University on Jan. 2. The game will be broadcasted by Fox College Sports.

Junior Combine: On Friday in San Antonio, the Army Game hosts the National Underclassmen Combine, showcasing some of the top juniors in the country. Several Irish recruits will be participating including Jake Heaps, Seantrel Henderson, Christian Lombard, James Hurst and V.J. Fehoko.

Irish Eyes Coverage: Stay tuned to Irish Eyes this week, as we'll be bringing you daily video from practice as well as reports, interviews and analysis. Top Stories