March 30, 2010

Florida D-line star talks UA

Lake Butler (FL) Union County defensive lineman Lonnie Gosha has seen his recruitment skyrocket this spring picking up offers from many of the top programs in the Southeast, including two new offers received in the last few weeks.

"I just picked up offers from Georgia and Florida State so I'm up to seven now," said Gosha. "So far I would say Alabama, Georgia and Florida State stand out above everybody else. I'm not ruling anybody out yet but those three are my favorites right now."

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound star has been dominant as a defensive tackle in high school but has the athleticism to play defensive end or even outside linebacker at the college level.

"Most of the coaches I talk to say that they like my technique and the way I use my hands to get off a block. They also talk about my burst off the ball and just the way I am able to use my quickness to make big plays. Most coaches have said they want me as a defensive end or tackle depending on what my weight is when I show up but Coach Saban at Alabama likes me as kind of a combination of a defensive end and outside linebacker, the position he calls Jack. That's something that's interesting to me because I think that could really be where my potential is at the next level after college."

Gosha said he didn't know much about Alabama prior to the beginning of his recruiting process but has since learned enough to name the Tide one of his leaders and hopes to learn more when he visits UA for their spring game on April 17th.

"I haven't been to Alabama yet but I'll be going there for their A-Day game in a few weeks. I've got good relationships with their coaches, especially Coach Pruitt who is my main recruiter, and our communication has been really good so far."

"Right now, the A-Day game will be the only other visit I will take before I decide. I will probably sit down shortly after that visit and make my decision and announce it pretty soon after that. I am anxious to get recruiting behind me and start getting ready for my senior year and put myself in a good position to start my college career."

As a junior, Gosha recorded 65 solo tackles, 13 sacks and five forced fumbles.

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