Jalen Goss (Lowndes/Valdosta, Ga.) had offers from the SEC, Big 12 and ACC prior to March, but on March 7 the 6-foot-7, 265-pound offensive tackle added his first Big Ten look. Goss said his head coach had been in contact with members of the Maryland staff, who let on they wanted to offer the big blindside blocker.
“That was a big offer for me, because it was my first Big Ten offer and that’s a great conference,” said Goss, who also has verbals from Mississippi State, WVU, Wake Forest, Kansas, TCU, Oregon and a few lower Division-I programs. “After my coach told me I had the offer I texted Coach [Walt] Bell from Maryland, and he told me it was true. I was happy to hear it.”
Although Bell informed of the offer, Goss first heard about the Terps from assistant Anthony Tucker. Meanwhile, the recruit has recently been exchanging messages with line coach Tyler Bowen.
“Coach Tucker stopped by my school like right after the season ended. I had a chance to meet him and all that and found out Maryland was interested in me. I haven’t really talked to him as much since then, though,” Goss said. “I mainly DM Coach Bowen. We go back and forth, and he tells me how we went to Maryland and how it would be a great fit for me. It sounds like a place I might want to check out.”
But beyond a few Twitter exchanges, Goss doesn’t know much about the Terps yet. He said he’ll have to keep talking to Bowen and Co. to learn more and possibly set up a time to venture up to College Park, Md.
Thus far, Goss has seen Georgia Tech and Clemson, and next he’s heading to Florida March 25. He has no other scheduled trips, but wants to see suitors Mississippi State and Wake in short order.
“Those are the main two I want to see right now,” Goss said. “But I’m really looking forward to getting down to Florida. That’s my dream school. The coaches are interested.”
Besides the Gators’ staff, Goss said he’s heard from LSU and a couple other SEC and ACC programs. He mentioned he has no conference preference, but seems inclined towards southern schools.
Goss has no timetable for selecting a school.