Friday is the big day for tight end DeAndre Goolsby (6-4, 225, Derby, KS) as he will make his college decision in front of his peers, coaches and family at 1:15 p.m. at Derby High School.
Goolsby recently cut his college list to five schools Arkansas, Florida, Kansas State, Ohio State and Oklahoma State, all schools to which he took official visits this fall.
While most prospects give some indication about their leader, Goolsby has kept a straight face and hasn’t given any kind of hint to the public or even to his family according to his mother Karen.
“My son is such a poker player and he could honestly pull out any hat tomorrow,” Karen Goolsby said. “Myself and his father have sat down with him and went over everything with every single school and he knows how we feel about each of them so tomorrow is going to be a big surprise for everyone. I plan on throwing him a party tomorrow and I’m not sure which colors to even buy right now.”
Although she doesn’t know which school her son will select on Friday, Goolsby’s mother does have an idea what will factor into the decision.
“Wherever the best fit for himself is at is where DeAndre will choose,” Mrs. Goolsby said. “He has said nothing but great things about every coach and every school has great academics. He has the upmost respect for each coach so it will come down to where he fits in best at.”
Two of Goolsby’s finalists – Arkansas and Florida — have had down years on the field but according to Karen Goolsby the team’s record will not play a factor in where Goolsby commits too.
“Everyone wants to see their team win but what’s going on right now doesn’t predict what the future holds for that team,” Goolsby said. “The class of 2014 has a lot of great athletes coming out of it so I think that DeAndre is looking at every factor.”
Goolsby’s mother said that at this time she has no idea as to when her son will make the call to the coaches to inform them of his decision but she expects that to be sometime tomorrow.
When Friday’s announcement is made, Goolsby’s mother believes this will be his final decision.
“This will be his final decision because we have taught our kids what making a commitment means so I think he will make this his final decision,” Mrs. Goolsby said.