June 14th, 2013 12:55pm

Goolsby visits Gainesville

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For his 17th birthday, Derby (Kan.) tight end DeAndre Goolsby wanted to spend a week in Florida at the beach.

On Thursday, he took a break from his vacation in St. Petersburg to visit UF with his mother.

“I was excited,” Goolsby said of the trip. “I got to see a lot of stuff. It was interesting. … It helped a lot getting to see what they have out here and what they’re able to do.”

Rivals.com ranks Goolsby as the nation's No. 5 tight end and 171st overall prospect. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

The Rivals250 member had a lengthy conversation with his primary recruiter and potential position coach, Derek Lewis, about how the Gators would utilize him. Florida’s track record with tight ends caught Goolsby’s attention.

“It has a good history, they throw their tight ends the ball,” he said. “Of course, I want to get the ball.”

Goolsby wants to take all five of his official visits and UF will be under consideration for one of those trips.

“I’d like to come back for a game, see how game day is,” he said.

The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder has offers from Arkansas, Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oregon, among others. He plans to name a group of finalists at the beginning of his senior season and make a decision toward the end.

His determining factors are as follows.

“Coaching staff, gotta fit in with them, has to feel good being around everybody,” Goolsby said. “(Distance) doesn’t really bother me as long as it feels right.”

The Gators seem to fit that criteria.

“I like the (UF) coaching staff a lot,” he said. “The feel — it felt right.”

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4 Comments

  1. June 14th, 2013 8:58 pm

    Nice size. Hope he works out for us to get a better feel.

    by J


  2. June 15th, 2013 8:59 am

    Come on board, we have room on the roster! Go Gators!

    by efmgator


  3. June 15th, 2013 11:00 am

    Zach, wasn’t our current tight end commit told that we wouldn’t pursue other TE while he was on board

    by jacobs


  4. August 27th, 2013 10:57 am

    [...] On Sunday, Derby (Kan.) tight end DeAndre Goolsby announced a Top 5 of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas State and Ohio State. The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder visited Gainesville with his mother on June 14 and enjoyed meeting the coaching staff. [...]

    by Mixon, Goolsby name Gators in Top 5 | Gator Prospectus Gator Prospectus - Gator Sports - Gainesville, FL - Archive


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