Wanted Man

Dudley E. Dawson writes about Kansas prep tight end DeAndre Goolsby (6-5, 225), who will take his official visit to Arkansas this weekend.

Arkansas will have one of its top football recruiting targets – a play-making tight end - on campus this weekend for an official visit when it hosts South Carolina.

Derby, Kansas, star DeAndre Goolsby (6-5, 225) – who has already been on campus for two unofficial visits – will be in this weekend to see the Razorbacks take on the Gamecocks.

The Razorback basketball program will be hosting Forrest City big man Trey Thompson – one of three 2014 commits for head coach Mike Anderson – on his official visit as well.

Goolsby has caught 17 passes for 267 yards and four touchdowns this season and has also returned a punt 67 yards for a score for the Panthers, who are 4-1 this season.

"I think he made 10 guys miss on punt return," Derby head coach Brandon Clark told the Derby Informer. "There are not many guys that size who can move that fast. He's a playmaker."

That's why Goolsby – a mid-term graduate who will be able to go through spring practice at the college of his choice - has a plethora of offers.

He's already taken official visits to Oklahoma, Florida and Ohio State and will finish up with official visits to Arkansas and Kansas State.

The Razorback staff made it clear to him this summer how he would be used if he decides to sign with Arkansas.

"They told me I would be perfect to use in their tight end/H-back role and that I would see the ball a lot," Goolsby said in an earlier interview. "That's what every tight end wants to hear, especially one like me that is used to catching a lot of passes."

Goolsby caught 66 passes for 1,035 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior.

That was after a breakout sophomore season in which he caught 42 passes for 605 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"I think my strengths in football are the fact that I can separate myself from defensive backs and linebackers, can make the catches and that I run good routes," Goolsby. "This spring with track I tried to increase my speed and I am going to do a lot of speed stuff this summer."

Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith coached both Clark and Goolsby's dad Brian while at Kansas State.

"I have known Smitty since I was born," Goolsby said.

At the end of last season, five former tight ends that played at Wisconsin under Bielema were on an NFL roster.

Those were St. Louis Ram Lance Kendricks , New York Giant Travis Beckum and a trio of Houston Texans - Rogers native Jake Byrne, Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham.

"He obviously knows what it takes to get tight ends in the NFL and made that very clear," Goolsby said.

Some others due in include four Arkansas commits in senior quarterback Rafe Peavey of Bolivar, Mo., El Dorado senior defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson and Bentonville senior tight end Jack Kraus as well as one 2015 pledge in Charleston quarterback Ty Storey.

Others expected to be on hand are Springdale Har-Ber senior defensive tackle Josh Frazier and senior defensve end Jake Hall, South Carolina defensive tackle commit Abu Lamin and some 2015 stars in Fayetteville's Dre Greenlaw, Springdale OL Braxton Bradley, Glen Rose tailback Carlos Burton and Sulpher Springs, Texas, safety Larry Pryor.

There will also be some international flavor in junior defensive end Hjalte Froholdt (6-4, 285) of Denmark, whose name is pronounced "Yelda Frohodt" and who has plans to make a decision before 2014 arrives.

He played last season as a sophomore exchange student at Warrren (Ohio) Harding before returning to Denmark.

Froholdt has offers from Arkansas – where he visited this summer – as well as Cincinnati, Louisville, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Purdue.





Arkansas QB commit Rafe Peavey and Derby, Kan., tight end DeAndre Goolsby will both see the Razorbacks play this weekend.


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