Zach Toste, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame. Toste is the No. 26-ranked golfer in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2012.
Toste also considered and made unofficial visits to North Carolina, Marquette and Liberty. He said that while all the schools left an impression, the tradition and sense of community at Notre Dame impacted his decision.
“My main thing was when I went to go visit the other schools, none of them really had that wow factor I was looking for in the school,” he said.
Toste said he noticed everyone associated with Notre Dame had “a sparkle in their eyes” when talking about the school, which is one he always had his eye on growing up.
“It’s been my dream to go there since I was a little kid,” he said.
Toste was impressed by the indoor facilities at the South Bend, Ind., campus and doesn’t mind moving to a cold-weather school. He also is looking forward to working with coaches Jim Kubinski and Steve Colnitis.
“I feel like they can take the team to the championship all four years, and I feel like they can help me progress as a player while I’m there,” Toste said.
Toste has two top-10 finishes in AJGA events, including a fourth-place finish at the Erie Junior Golf Classic in August. He finished in the top 10 at the Optimist International Junior and also was named the Broward County Player of the Year.