Tennessee Commitment to Visit Alabama

Tennessee verbal commitment Michael Goggans has set his first official visit. Scout.com's three-star athlete will make a visit to his dream school, but the Volunteers are tough to beat for his signature.

"I have set my official visit to Alabama for the second weekend of December," said Michael Goggans. "I haven't set any other visits, but I will visit Tennessee and probably Auburn as well."

"Right now, I am probably about 90% committed [to Tennessee]. I want to go on my visit to Alabama to make sure I didn't make the wrong decision," Goggans added.

Goggans grew up wanting to play at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, but the Alabama coaching staff may have waited too late to offer the 6-3, 245 pound athletic prospect.

"Tennessee and Alabama have always been my top two schools," Goggans said. "Tennessee offered me about a month before Alabama. Alabama dropped pretty low on my list after I was receiving offers from other schools and not them."

"I have grown up an Alabama fan my whole life. I have always dreamed of playing for Alabama. I like the atmosphere a lot. The fans are great. When I went to the Florida game, a lot of the fans were screaming my name. They were telling me how bad I was needed at Alabama. I thought that was really cool," Goggans added.

Alabama landed a verbal commit from another Benjamin Russell star when LaBronski Hutchins gave his pledge following the Tennessee game. Hutchins is recruiting his teammate for the Crimson Tide. "LaBron has been telling me I need to commit to Alabama with him," Goggans said. "I tell him he needs to commit to Tennessee with me. We would like to play together in college. We'll see what happens."

Goggans had planned an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa for the Tennessee game, but said, "I was going down to Alabama, but I had to take the ACT. I think I did a lot better this time. I thought it was a lot easier. I am expecting a high score."

When asked his thoughts of the game he replied, "It was really tough watching my top two schools play against each other this past weekend." "Tennessee had a few costly turnovers. Overall I thought it was a good, hard fought game on both sides. Alabama did what they had to do to win the game."

"I know I want to take my officials before I decide," he said of his final decision. "I want to check out the campus and visit with an academic advisor. I want to see how much I like it and if I would fit in."

Benjamin Russell finished third in their region behind 5A defending state champion Homewood and Briarwood Christian. Goggans is excited about the play-offs.

"We had a tough loss against Homewood last week (38-6)," he said . "Our defense played well, but our offense couldn't get anything going. We couldn't put up any points. We are 6-3 right now. We play our last game at Auburn. We play at Jess Lanier next week in the first round of the play-offs."

"I think we are going to be a different team heading into the play-offs. We will have a brand new attitude. We are going to put the past behind us. We are really looking forward to making a strong run this year," Goggans added.

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