"I was just smiling from cheek to cheek," said Jalen Goss about the moment he committed to Florida. The Lowndes High standout made his commitment to the Gators last Friday, when Goss visited Gainesville for the Orange and Blue Debut.
“I like that they show they care about you,” Goss said. “I went on tour and I liked everything I saw, and I’ve also wanted to come here since I was in middle school. That also had something to do with it, and it’s close to home.”
With his love affair with the UF starting at a young age, when the Gators pulled the trigger at the end of March, it was just a matter of time. That time came just before the spring game.
The Florida coaches "were excited and pumped up about it, and they welcomed me to the family,” Goss said.
Although Goss has played right tackle for his high school for the last few seasons - helping his team to break nine school records on offense this last campaign. However, UF is not looking at Goss as a lineman, the Gators like him at tight end.
“I like it, I could get used to playing it. I just want to do whatever I can do to help the team win," said the 6-foot-5, 275-pounder. "[Tight ends coach Greg] Nord told me that I could really help them. He wants to help me get better.”
The Valdosta native might not be playing the position in high school but he has played tight end in his career.
“I did [play tight end] in middle school,” Goss said. “I’m willing to do it. I’m willing to learn again and get better at it.”
In the end the spring game's atmosphere only reaffirmed his conviction, he wants to be a Gator.
“It’s crazy,” he said of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium's atmosphere. “This is the spring game, but I want to see it in a real game.”
Although Goss just committed to the program, he is already thinking about who he can persuade to join him in Gainesville.
“I want to get my quarterback [Mike Barrett] here.”