Alabama TE Names Clemson No. 1

One of the top two-way players in Alabama for 2006 is tight end/defensive end Michael Goggans from Benjamin Russell High. A 6-3, 246-pounder that is a powerful blocker at tight end and strong against the run, Goggans says that he's already hearing from schools all over the South and has several offers in hand.

"I'm hearing from Tennessee, Clemson, Auburn, Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State, UAB and a few others," Goggans tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have four offers. Tennessee, Auburn, UAB and Kentucky have all offered me."

Despite his size, Goggans is a player that uses speed and quickness to make plays on both sides of the ball. Recently, at a combine held in Birmingham by high school coaches in the area, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds. Combine that with a bench press of 355 pounds and a squat of 420 and you have a player that is physically capable of playing right away. While it's possible, Goggans says he actually favors one team because he would have the chance to redshirt his first season and then be in the playing rotation right away the next year.

"Clemson would probably be my favorite at the moment," Goggans says. "I have been looking at depth charts on the internet and I see that they've got a lot of senior tight ends and defensive ends leaving. They have some upcoming seniors to be. I look at that as I can go in and maybe get redshirted and then get playing time my freshman year. I have also seen their stadium and they have nice facilities up there."

Goggans and several other teammates at Benjamin Russell have been visited regularly this spring with coaches such as Tommy Tuberville and Phillip Fulmer dropping by as well as coaches from Alabama, Kentucky, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis are also taking a closer look. With two former teammates currently at Auburn in defensive end Marquies Gunn and safety Eric Brock there's no doubt the Tigers will be a player in Goggans' recruitment before things are said and done. He says that just living close to Auburn he's had a chance to see the program in action.

"Since I'm a native of Alabama I know that Auburn has a great tradition up there," Goggans says. "Auburn is close to home. They did excellent last year in football. I'm still looking around though because I want to check out depth charts and things like that."

Goggans plans to camp at both Auburn and Alabama this summer and he's also scheduled to travel with strong-armed BRHS quarterback Martavious Young (6-1, 170) to the Manning Passing Academy in New Orleans. Young is one of several prospects for the Wildcats including defensive end Demetrius Culpepper (6-4, 213), a small but strong player built in the mold of Gunn. Top Stories