Detroit Cass Tech's junior class looks like it will have several Division-1 prospects, and although he is one of the team's unsung heroes, defensive tackle Darryl Goldsmith's talent was recognized by at least one school. The 5'11, 302-lb Goldsmith was offered by Vanderbilt earlier in the process.
"That came I think in the beginning of the season," he explained. "They had seen me at the Midwest Elite Camp. They saw videos and footage from Sound Mind Sound Body as well and they extended a verbal offer from coach Jamie Bryant."
Even with the coaching uncertainty with the Commodores, Goldsmith is thrilled to have the offer nonetheless.
"It felt great. It's a great feeling. The SEC's a powerful conference and I've always wanted to play in the SEC."
Goldsmith hopes more options will present themselves before it's said and done though. There are several schools showing interest, and he may see more offers come his way soon.
"I'm hearing from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Tennessee sent me a couple things and now Missouri's on my back, so keep talking to Coach Craig Kuligowski to see if I can get an offer from Missouri next."
What he also hopes to do this offseason is go on more visits than he was able to take during the season.
"I only took a visit to Michigan. I was getting ready to go to Cincinnati, but my little brother was born Saturday when I was supposed to go, so we had to go to the hospital with my dad to see my little brother being born."
Goldsmith was a frequent visitor at Michigan this year though.
"I was at three games. I was at the UConn game, but I wasn't a recruit then, I just went. I went to the UMass game as a recruit and the Bowling Green game as a recruit. It's a great experience. There were so many people there. I talked to Coach Rod. He told me to get my film out here. They're cool guys and the Big House is very great."
Of course, there is a Cass to Ann Arbor connection, with several former Technicians on the roster, and Goldsmith keeps in contact with some of them.
"I talk to Will (Campbell) almost every weekend. Thomas (Gordon), I facebook him a lot. Teric (Jones) congratulated me on All-State. I have a great relationship with Will. The others I don't talk to as much."