Among the assembled football All-Stars from throughout the state that participated in Sunday's annual Best of the Bluegrass contest was Shelbyville Collins offensive lineman and long snapper Kyle Goss.
As he left the field for the final time as a high school player, the 6-foot-1, 240-pound Goss said the moment was "bittersweet, but I'm ready to move on to the next stage."
That next stage includes wearning a Louisville uniform. Last October, Goss, who also participated in the recent East-West All-Star game, accepted an invitation to join the Louisville roster in 2016 as a long snapper as a preferred walk-on.
"I didn't even know that it was something that I could until this summer when I started going to camps," he explained. "I went to U of L and they showed some interest. Through the recruiting process they kept in touch and whenever I was able to meet with the coaches things went well, so when they offered the preferred walk-on I was more than happy to take it."
Both of his parents attended U of L and his brother is there now. He turned down interest from Kentucky, Morehead State and others to become a Cardinal.
"It's a dream come true really."
Since the end of his season, Goss has focused in on improving his snapping abilities and overall performance.
"I've been working a lot on my explosion and a lot on my conditioning, and being able to run down field and cover," he said. "I've lost 10 to 15 pounds since the offseason started just trying to get in shape. I'm working on being able to fire the ball back there faster and with more accuracy."
As a freshman next fall, Goss will have the opportunity to work under senior-to-be Colin Holba.
"I hope to learn a lot from him to help me perfect the craft."
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