Devils in Pursuit of Local Punter

For the last two years Arizona State was fortunate to have the services of punter Tim Parker, who was among the conference's elite in his position. With his departure, the team suddenly finds itself without a scholarship punter. Nevertheless, his replacement may be right in the Devils' back yard.

John Goss, Scottsdale Community College's punter, is one of the best in the in the Western region at the junior college ranks. At 6-4 222, he obviously quite the physical specimen. In JCFootball.com's spring combine he did 11 reps of 225lbs – a feat virtually unheard of for punters or kickers.

In an interview to JCFootball.com, Scottsdale assistant coach Paul LaBate raved about Goss' ability. "The leg is freak." He said, "It's ridiculous. When he kicks off he puts it 90 to 95% of the time onto the track," Ironically enough, this is only the third year he has been playing football, as he was previously devoting his time to the ultimate kicking sport – Soccer.

Recently, DevilsDigest caught up with Goss, and he filled us in with regards to his recruitment by ASU. "They have been in contact with me for a while," he said. "It's been going really good with them. I did take an unofficial visit during the season, and checked out the facilities, and talked to the coaches. The facilities are second to none."

Goss was offered by the Devils early in November. Michigan State, San Diego State and Nevada have extended scholarship offers as well. The punter visited Michigan State on 11/21, as well as Nevada on 11/14. Goss plans to make the short trip to Tempe this weekend.

He does list Arizona State and Michigan State as his favorites. "Michigan State is closer to my family," said the Ohio native. "But if I go to ASU I don't have to move far with my things, and I would already be pretty much settled. So that's a factor too." Goss is a buisness major and thus he's looking for a school, which he can get a business degree. "I need a degree that works for me in the future when football is over."

The Scottsdale Community College standout is generally being recruited at both kicker and punter. "This year I punted for an average of 46 yards, "exclaimed Goss. "I was leading the nation on the JUCO level before I got injured. I made four out of five field goals, with my longest being 42 yards. I also made all my extra points."

As a December graduate, the deadline for his decision is quickly approaching. Even though he has been mauling over his decision with his family during Thanksgiving break, he still hasn't made up his mind. "I just wanted to visit ASU and just think things over because it's a big decision. ASU is my last visit, and I'm not going to make a decision before I visit there."

Tim Parker's shoes may be hard to fill, but something tells us that with his abilities John Goss is more that capable of achieving that feat.

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