Golic Getting In A Groove

SAN ANTONIO - Since Monday, the nerves have settled down for Notre Dame verbal commit Jake Golic.

In fact, the standout tight end from West Hartford, Conn., has become quite comfortable in San Antonio, while in town playing for the East Team in the U.S. Army All-American game.

Players arrived on Sunday, with workouts beginning the next morning.

"The first practice, me and (Tyler) Stockton were talking about, like oh my God, because we've never played against competition like this before," the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Golic explained. "It's no secret the competition in Connecticut is not all that great, but we're doing okay.

"I feel like I'm holding my ground really well out here, the competition is really nice out here, but I feel like I'm doing well."

Jake Golic and Stockton are joined by fellow Notre Dame verbal commit Zeke Motta on the East team, as they prepare for Saturday afternoon's game inside the Alamo Dome. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST.

One of three tight ends on the East, Golic has competed hard in practice the first three days, while also watching four-star players Logan Thomas and Orson Charles as well.

"I try to compare myself to those guys as much as I can, and I feel like I'm staying with them pretty good," Golic said. "They're really athletic kids, but I think I'm doing alright."

Golic feels it's his wheels that have helped him stay competitive in this new setting.

"Surprisingly, I think my speed has increased a lot, and I think that's what's keeping me on par with everyone else."

In his final high school season, Golic had 30 catches for 587 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had 50 tackles and five sacks for Northwest Catholic.

But this week has been a different beast for Golic, who has mainly been lining up off set in the East's spread offense.

"The biggest adjustment has just been trying to keep up with all the high-caliber players," he began. "Quick kids out here, it's kind of hard to adjust to. I think I'm doing alright.

"The corners are faster and the linebackers are bigger. That was one of the biggest things I needed to adjust to."

Golic is using the Army game experience to better prepare himself for his arrival in the summer to Notre Dame.

"The kind of kids you see down here, you're going to kind of see in college," Golic said. "Obviously the people in college are a little older, but down here it's the kind of player you're going to see, so it's kind of a good way to gauge yourself against what you're going to see."

In college, Golic is also going to see Stockton, Motta and West players Cierre Wood, Shaquelle Evans and Chris Watt.

"We've been hanging out as much as we can. Every night we'll go back and hang out in each other's hotel rooms and shoot the breeze a little bit."

Golic is getting real comfortable with his future teammates as well.

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