Tight end Jake Golic certainly has the pedigree, but it's his own game that caused one school to extend a scholarship offer recently. The junior from West Hartford (Conn.) Northwest Catholic is one of the Class of 2009's better tight ends and his stock should continue to rise.
As the son of Mike Golic, a former NFL defensive lineman and current ESPN personality, and the brother of Mike Golic, who is currently committed to play for Notre Dame next fall, the younger Golic will inevitably have to deal with all that comes from being in a football family.
The 6-foot-4, 202-pound tight end received his first offer recently.
"I received my first offer from UConn last week," Golic said. "I've heard from BC and Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, Rutgers and Maryland."
With all the family ties to Notre Dame, is it a given that this Golic would like to follow his father and brother to South Bend?
"In the end it will be up to me," he said. "I've taken a bunch of trips to Notre Dame and it's felt like home. They have a tremendous fan base. If I received an offer that would definitely be my golden ticket.
"I've been in contact with them and they're very interested. I'll need to send them my SAT scores, and I'm taking that soon."
Golic said that up to this point he has been looked at as a wide receiver. However, he believes he will continue to fill out and grow into a tight end at the college level. He does not plan on taking any trips until the spring.
He also reviewed his performance at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
"I think I did pretty well," he said. "The competition was a lot better than anything I had ever seen. You don't really have a lot of great competition in Connecticut. It was the top 500 juniors, so it was good."