Talented TE Prospect Enjoys AU In-Home Visit

This football prospect talks about the recruiting process and a recent in-home visit from three Auburn coaches.

Alexander City, Ala.--After he decided to re-open his recruitment following an early commitment to Tennessee, Benjamin Russell standout Michael Goggans has received a good bit of recruiting attention as one of the few talented tight end prospects in the South for the class of 2006.

"Well, right now everybody has an equal chance and I am just looking forward to my other visits and checking out the other campuses," he says about where he currently stands in the hectic recruiting process. "I have taken my visit to Alabama and I have got Auburn scheduled for January 13th and Tennessee on January 21st.

"I enjoyed the visit to Alabama a whole lot since that was my first official," he adds. "I would probably have to give that visit a 10, but I am looking forward to visiting Auburn and Tennessee."

Currently, college coaches cannot contact recruits until the first of January due to an NCAA mandated recruiting dead period. However, before the dead period kicked in Goggans says he ands his family received in-home visits from college coaches.

"Well, last week Coach Joe Whitt, Coach (offensive coordinator Al) Borges and Coach (tight ends coach Steve) Ensminger from Auburn came here, and Coach Shula came a couple of weeks ago," he explains. "Also, coach (John) Chavis and that Tennessee coaches came down."

Goggans notes that he found the visit with the trio of Auburn coaches very informative and enjoyable. "We just sat down, me and the Auburn coaches, and first me and Coach Borges we just went over the offensive scheme that he has got in store and how they utilize the tight ends and things like that," he says. "Then, Coach Ensminger and I sat down, and he had a stat book and he showed me Auburn's offense in the past years and their total offense all the way through the season and how many passes their tight ends have caught. So, he broke down all of the stats like that with me.

"My parents ordered dinner and everybody just sat down and had a good time," he continues. "My parents had questions and I think we got all of the questions answered and I think my parents enjoyed the coaches being down here and I think the coaches enjoyed my parents. So, they had a good time."

Michael Goggans helped lead Benjamin Russell to the 5A state semi-finals this season.

With an in-home visit from each college he is considering behind him, and two official visits still to come, Goggans says he is trying to sort through the daunting task of separating each of the colleges in his mind.

"I am trying to figure out from each school, basically, where do they want me at," he says. "I know Tennessee, they would have me on the offensive side of the ball and I basically think Auburn is too, but Alabama, I am really not sure if they want me on offense or defense. So, that is really one of the things that I am looking at.

"I see how teams are using their tight ends now, such as in the H-back slot," the 6-3, 246-pounder, who says he wants to play tight end on the college level, adds. "They are moving them out wide and lining them up on the line and shifting them into the backfield, and I have seen a lot of pro teams doing that too. So, that is a big factor right there and I am going to take that as an advantage right there and those are the type of things I am looking at."

A lot of talented prospects who are undecided at this point in the recruiting process like to string their final decision out as long as possible. However, Goggans says that is not his strategy. "My plan is to decide maybe a couple of days after I take my last visit to Tennessee," he says.

There has been some speculation that Goggans and fellow Benjamin Russell standouts LaBronski Hutchins, an Alabama commitment, and Demetrius Culpepper, who is currently undecided on his college choice, could try and work out a way for more than one of them to attend the same college.

However, Goggans says that is nothing but speculation. "We haven't mentioned that in a long time and right now we are just trying to make the right decision for ourselves," he explains. "I think we are all going to do that, and I think that LaBronski and Demetrius, they are going to be successful wherever they go, and I think I will too."


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