If numbers are to be believed, having two offensive skill position players wearing the same one means one of them likely won’t see the field. Either that, or a number change is in order. Either way, freshman tight end DeAndre Goolsby shares the number 30 with WR Micheal McNeely and that might mean he could be a redshirt candidate. But Goolsby brings the size, athleticism, and talent to be the Gators tight end of the future.
Goolsby might be the first player from Kansas to play for Florida. He hails from Derby High School where he played for the Panthers. He had a prolific career in a run-first offense. His sophomore season, Goolsby caught 42 passes for 605 yards and 11 touchdowns. His senior season was just as good as his sophomore, as he had 621 receiving yards while leading Derby to the state championship. Goolsby’s unique size, strength, athleticism, and hands made him a unique threat as a kick returner. He was also named to the Kansas All-State team, serving as the offense’s co-captain.
The 6-4, 230 pounder was one of the most important prospects of this year’s recruiting class. He provides the necessary skills to be the pass catching tight end the Gators have needed since Jordan Reed departed to the NFL. 247Sports composite ratings have Goolsby as a three-star prospect, ranked as the 20th TE, 5th Kansan, and 534 overall player of the 2014 recruiting class. He chose Florida over his father’s alma mater, Kansas State, Alabama, Arkansas, and Ohio State. Goolsby enrolled in January to get a jump on playing time, since he’s one of four tight ends that were signed in the class.
It looks like Goolsby has found a new home. Despite making the 1,250 mile trek from Derby to Gainesville, he’s made new friends, including fellow early enrollee QB Will Grier. Recently, they posted an Instagram that shows they’re creating a lasting chemistry that will hopefully make them a prolific duo in the coming years.
Pretty crazy athleticism there. Goolsby has football in his blood as his father, Brian Goolsby, was a Kansas State running back in the mid-90s. He also has the ability to be the Gators tight end of the future as he fills a giant hole on the roster as a pass catching TE. He’ll be behind Jake McGee this season, but look for him to possibly get some playing time to prepare him for next season and beyond in Kurt Roper‘s offense. One thing Goolsby will be happy for this season is the lack of 20 degree weather at game time. It’s just one of the many benefits of not being in Kansas anymore.