Recruiting Update

Considered one of the top kickers in the South, <b>Chase Goggans,</b> from Douglas (Ga.) Coffee County High School, will enroll at FSU in January. Goggans, who will participate in orientation Jan. 2-3, is eager to get started on his academics as well as football. Click here to read Goggans' thoughts on attending FSU. "I loved the program from day one," Goggans said.

The wind calmed down and temperatures remained cold Thursday - perfect weather for Chase Goggans.

An avid hunter and fisherman, Goggans spent most of his morning in a tree stand. While Goggans usually keeps a sharp eye out for turkey or deer - he has nabbed some 8-pointers in the past - he had other plans.

"I shot a beaver that was causing some problems for a guy - messing some stuff up," Goggans said. "So, I spent the morning in a tree stand near a pond and took care of the beaver."

FSU fans will be happy to hear Goggans also is a sure shot on the football field.

Considered one of the top kickers in the South, Goggans, from Douglas (Ga.) Coffee County High School, will enroll in FSU next month.

Goggans, who will participate in orientation Jan. 2-3, is eager to get started on his academics as well as football. Additionally, fellow recruit Chauncey Davis will join Goggans after he re-signed with the Seminoles after spending two years at Jones Community College (Miss.).

"I am excited - I will be there for mat drills and spring drills. I just wanted to go ahead and get situated in college life," said Goggans, who is yes-sir, no-sir polite.

Goggans is earmarked to battle Xavier Beitia for kickoff duties in spring drills. Beitia led the Seminoles in scoring for the second year in a row as just a sophomore. Handling all the kicking chores for FSU, Beitia made 19 of 28 field goals - 6 of 13 following his miss at Miami -- and all 50 extra point attempts. He extended his point-after streak to 76 against Florida.

"My plan is to compete for the kickoff job," Goggans said. "If I win that, great. If not I am going to redshirt. Xavier has been there two years and his leg is a little stronger than mine and he's been in that (college) situation."

Goggans ain't no slouch himself, however.

The right-footed, soccer-style kicker finished with 32 career field goals, highlighted by a career-long 54-yarder and 16 more over 40 yards, and nailed 78 of 80 career extra points.

Goggans, also an established soccer player who first began playing football in the seventh grade, kicked field goals of 47 and 35 yards in the eighth grade. He booted a game-winning 40-yard field goal in overtime as a junior, and missed a 54-yarder wide right that would have tied the game with two seconds remaining this past season. Close to 80-percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.

Of course, Goggans' heart sank when Beitia missed a 43-yard attempt for the victory at Miami in October.

"I felt so bad - my heart was broken," Goggans said. "Even my mother felt bad. She hates to see any kicker miss."

Goggans' heart, however, has always been sold on FSU, committing last July. He took unofficial visits to Georgia, Tulane, Notre Dame, Michigan and Purdue over the summer and an official visit to FSU earlier this month. Goggans and a friend attended the FSU-Clemson game Oct. 3 at Doak Campbell Stadium.

"I loved the program from day one," Goggans said.

"I was open during the entire recruiting process but FSU was with me from the start. I appreciated their honesty - not to say the others weren't honest -- and Coach Bowden, who wouldn't want to play for a legend like him? I have always loved the school. I don't have any family ties (to FSU) but a lot of people in my hometown have had friends and family go there."

Goggans also said FSU's recent struggles - eight defeats the past two seasons -- Bowden's age or the team's troubles off the field haven't changed his mind about the Seminoles.

A FSU university police investigation continues into rumored gambling among Seminole athletes, as reported by The Tallahassee Democrat recently. FSU officials disputed that story, saying that former quarterback Adrian McPherson is the only athlete involved in the university's police.

Goggans plans to watch the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl between FSU and third-ranked Georgia on television.

"That (Bowden's age) never came into play," Goggans said.

"However long he's there, that's going to be great. And if coach is not there for my full tenure, I am sure they are going to get another great coach. As far as that (rumored gambling), I don't care anything for that. That's just the media hyping stuff - sometimes you have to take everything with the media with a grain of salt."

Although Goggans had envisioned playing soccer on the collegiate level one day, his goals changed once he began showing promise on the football field. Now, in a few weeks, Goggans'dream of attending FSU will come true.

Until that time, however, Goggans probably can be found in a tree stand somewhere.

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