'Noles offer kicker

Chase Goggans is considered one of the nation's top kickers. Still, Goggans said he was "absolutely shell shocked" when FSU offered him his first scholarship last week. Goggans, from Douglas (Ga.) Coffee County High School, also stars in soccer but will soon give up soccer to concentrate on football.

One of the nation's top kickers is Chase Goggans from Douglas (Ga.) Coffee County High School. Just last Wednesday, the Florida State Seminoles offered the placekicker his first scholarship.

"I was absolutely shell shocked," said Goggans. "I was not expecting an offer from FSU. Coach Kines offered and all I said was 'WOW!"

Goggans, 5-9 and 160 pounds, also stars in soccer. This season, he scored 20 goals from the striker position. But soon, he will give up soccer to concentrate on football.

"I have come to realize that I have more of a future in football than soccer. I will play one more season of soccer and that is it." Goggans has been place kicking since the 7th grade and says he started to "take it seriously since the 8th grade."

Goggans has been the school starter since his freshman season in high school. Since then, he is 55/57 on PAT and 26/36 on field goals. In addition, fifteen of his field goals are from 40 yards or longer including a long of 54. In addition to Florida State, ECU, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, Auburn, Purdue and Nebraska are showing a lot of interest. He hopes to camp this summer at Purdue, Texas, Notre Dame, Georgia, Michigan and Nebraska.

"Distance will not be a factor in my decision. I am looking at academics and environment. I have to find a place where I feel like I am at home."

FSU's placekicking duties are handled by sophomore Xavier Beitia, an all-America candidate who earned second-team All-ACC honors as a freshman last season. The X-man made 13 of 14 field goal attempts during the season and 43 of 47 extra points to lead the Seminoles in scoring with 83 points. He was just the sixth freshman in school history to lead FSU in that department.

Beitia was perfect on field goals over the last six games in 2001, including three kicks in the Gator Bowl, and has made 11 consecutive field goals heading into this season.

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