Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
TE Goolsby more like a wide out
University of Arkansas assistant coach Michael Smith during media day Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 at the Fred W. Smith Football Center in Fayetteville.
Four-star prospect DeAndre Goolsby, who plans to make an official visit to Arkansas this weekend, isn’t your typical tight end, according to his coach Brandon Clark.
“He moves like a 5-foot-8 and a 150 pound receiver,” Clark said. "He’s quick and he’s got more moves than any high school kid I’ve see. He has great hips and he has a great hands.”
Goolsby, 6-5, 232 pounds of Derby, Kansas has more than 15 scholarship offers, including Arkansas, Ohio State, Florida, Kansas State and Oklahoma. His father, Brian played fullback for the Wildcats from 1995-98 and was tutored by Hog receivers coach Michael Smith while in Manhattan.
“He has his dad’s blocking skills since he played fullback,” Clark said. “He understands leverage. He’s the total package.”
Goolsby has made official visits to Ohio State, Florida and Oklahoma. He plans to take an official visit to Kansas State. Clark said the highly recruited tight end is utilized in different ways, including punt returns. He has a 70 yard punt return for a touchdown.
“Every once in a while we’ll put him out at wide receiver and he’ll just run a simple bubble,” Clark said. “I think we’ve thrown five bubbles to him and he’s scored on four of them.”
Goolsby, who recorded 42 receptions for 605 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, is rated by national recruiting anylatst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network.
“He knows how to run routes and get himself open and create after the catch,” Lemming said. “He’s a natural athlete and has unlimited potential.”
Clark said Goolsby, who visited the Hogs in May and July, is deadly in the open field.
“He’s not just running over people he’s making people miss all over just by his moves and setting them up and stuff,” Clark said.