Although it wasn't what you would call a defensive masterpiece, the University of Arkansas' 48-36 win over South Carolina Saturday night left one Georgia prep defender very impressed.
Ed Gosa, a 6-1, 210-pound defensive end/linebacker from College Park (Ga.) Banneker, was one of the 30 or so recruits taking unofficial visits to the game.
"Arkansas is my number one and I think I may be ready to commit before too long, maybe real soon," Gosa said. "This is a great atmosphere, the facilites are great and I really like the coaches."
Gosa and his dad Ed, Sr., who is the director of football operations for Banneker, both took in the game.
He is drawing interest from Arkansas Purdue, Southern Miss, Memphis, Clemson, East Carolina and Ball State.
Arkansas is expected to sign a trio of linebackers with Louisiana prospect Jelani Smith already committed.
The final two could likely come from Memphis Whitehaven's Tenarius Wright (6-3, 225, 4.6), Garden City (Kan.) Community College's J.R. Bryant (6-3, 228) and Gosa.
Gosa is especially impressed with Arkansas defense line coach and former Lomabardi Award winner Tracy Rocker, who recruits Georgia for the Razorbacks.
"He is real cool," Gosa said. "I am able to talk to him about anything. He is a real good coach and I think I want to play for him."
Gosa, coming off a major knee injury, is back healthy and has over 40 tackles this season.
He has also 7 ½ tackles for lost yardage, 4 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.
"I just want to put on weight and pick up speed," Gosa said. "Being a defensive end (in high school), pass rushing is my biggest thing and I want to pick up enough speed to play at this level."
Banneker is 6-3 this season and coming off a 14-6 win over Fairburn Creekside.
The Trojans, already qualified for the playoffs, will battle rival Atlanta Westlake (4-5) in their regular season finale this Friday.
"Right now we are 6-3 and we sit third in our region," Gosa said. "We have one more game left – a rivalry game – so we are looking to win that game and then make some noise and go far in the playoffs."
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