January 15, 2010

Goggins visits the Big East

Norwalk (CA) Cerritos C.C. defensive tackle Deon Goggins holds an offer from Baylor and a few other schools, but he is still taking visits in search of more offers. This weekend he will find himself on the east coast a Syracuse University.

Goggins, 6-foot-2, 280 pounds did not know much about the Orange until his football season ended.

"Syracuse started looking at me right around the end of the season. I want to say sometime in late November or early December."

Over the past couple of months have there been any talk of a scholarship with the JUCO defensive tackle?

"Syracuse is recruiting me hard," Goggins said. "They have talked about offering, but I really will not find out until after the trip."

On his trip to Syracuse there are many things that a prospect like Goggins would normally like to see, but there is nothing sticking out for him as he gets ready for the trip.

"I am not going to be expecting anything, so I am not disappointed because that is just the kind of guy I am. I am just going into Syracuse with an open mind about everything."

Despite being recruited by the Orange is there anything that he likes about the Big East school?

"I can't really say too much about what I like about them other than just the name. I have not visited yet to see what I like about them. After I visit it will be a different story."

Greg Adkins is recruiting Goggins for the Orange, but like mentioned above they are not the only school in the mix.

"Baylor, Utah State, San Jose State, UCLA, Washington, and Washington State are all looking at me," Goggins stated. "Utah State, San Jose State, and Baylor have offered."

The defensive prospect is new to the defensive tackle position and his old spot may surprise a few, but he thinks his old position helps him at defensive tackle. Coming out of high school Goggins was a big bruising running back. Goggins talked about why he thinks he is a better defensive tackle because of playing running back.

"It is kind of to my advantage because playing running back you are running from guys. I just think of it as play running back, but instead of running away from the guys I am chasing them. I also have an advantage because of my speed. With my speed and power I am just working on technique which will put more tricks in my bag."

Besides his time at another position Goggins thinks there are a few other items that make him a division one defensive tackle.

"Other than my athletic abilities and how physical I am I would have to say just my attitude. I am hungry to learn, I am willing to learn, and I can adapt to anything. I play hard, strong, and fast. I am just as good if not better than some of those guys who are already playing. I am no different than any other guy in division one, but I set myself apart by my work ethic, drive, and how I play. I am not your average defensive tackle, 315 pounds with a little gut. I am more on the lean side and this is only my second year playing defensive line."

When it comes to a college landing Goggins they will not get to see him during spring ball, but once on campus he will be at school for at least three years.

"I will be graduating in the spring and enrolling at a school in the summer. I have three years to play two years."

As far as a decision goes that will also be coming in a couple of weeks for the California product.

"I will be making a decision by National Signing Day."

Deon Goggins highlight film

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