Friday, June 14, 2013
TE DeAndre Goolsby checks out OSU, UF
By Jeff Barlis
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Tight end DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan./Derby) admits he's nowhere near ready to pick his college destination.
"I'm just kind of out there, looking," he says. "There's still a lot to see, so I'll wait that out."
With cautious curiosity, Goolsby visited Ohio State and Florida this week -- two big steps in his plan to narrow a sizable offer list to a handful of top teams before his senior season and make a decision by the end of the fall.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end was in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday.
Class of 2014 tight end DeAndre Goolsby has offers from Ohio State, Florida, Oklahoma an Oregon, among others.
"It was good," he said. "Urban [Meyer]. I like talking to Urban. They've got a lot to offer there."
On Thursday, Goolsby flew south to delve into the University of Florida.
"I was excited," he said of his second day-long visit of the week. "I got to see a lot of stuff. It was interesting. I like the coaching staff a lot. The feel -- it felt right.
"We just talked about how they would use me, what they would want me to do. ... [Tight ends coach Derek Lewis] is a cool coach. I liked being around him, being around him all day."
Goolsby, who plans to take all five of his official visits, said he would like to return to UF's campus this fall to check out the game-day atmosphere.
The Gators already have a pledge from a 2014 tight end in Cyontai Lewis. Similarly, Oklahoma offered a scholarship to Goolsby in May and then took a commitment from TE Carson Meier. But Goolsby said that is not a deterrent in his decision.
"I just see it as another way to make myself better and compete with other players," he said.
Although Goolsby said he does not have any more visits planned, there is one more offer that is piquing his interest, as he said he would like to " hopefully somehow" visit Oregon.
In the meantime, Goolsby continues to sift through his offers with a few specific criteria in mind.
"Coaching staff, gotta fit in with them, has to feel good being around everybody here," he said. "Of course, I want to get the ball. Stuff like that. ... [Distance from home] doesn't really bother me as long as it feels right."