California LB Returns From Utah; Reports On Season

Travis Goethel returned home this past weekend fresh off of a visit from Utah and is currently three games into his senior season. We were able to converse with Travis about whether or not he felt he was performing up to his expectations, his trip to Utah, other official trips he would like to take and various other tidbits about the recruiting trail.

Vista, CA.'s Travis Goethel spend this past weekend in Salt Lake City watching the Utah Utes take on the Air Force Falcons and touring the facilities that Utah offered in general. "It was a good trip. The city and the school were actually nicer then I thought they would be," he said. Travis ranked the trip overall a "9" on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the highest.

Utah was the only visit that Travis has set in stone but is looking to schedule a trip to Nebraska within the next couple of weeks and would like to take a trip to Notre Dame, if possible. Both Colorado and Oregon State want him to attend their campuses for official visits as well. Goethel claims those five schools as his current top five. Goethel's primary contact with Nebraska is Safeties Coach and Special Teams Coordinator Bill Busch. "He seems like a really nice guy and is easy to talk to," Travis said.

Currently, Travis' Vista High School football team is 1-1-1 on the season. According to Travis, he feels that his team should have a much better record. "We started off kind of slow. The game that we tied and the one that we lost, honestly, I feel we should've won those. In both games, we were up by ten points at the half but with a young quarterback and defensive backs, when you're going against experiences defensive backs and wide receivers, mistakes are going to be made. Still, I feel that we've improved because of the setbacks and will come out a better team," he said.

When asked about what he's doing well at and what he feels he could improve upon, Travis noted, "Right now, I'm doing well at tackling overall. I probably need to improve on my man-to-man technique, though." Through his three games, Travis reports 38 tackles, one sack, one interception returned for a touchdown and one pass break up.

With his size and speed, it appears that Goethel's statistics have nowhere to go but up and with his developing leadership skills, his team might be one that makes a rather quick turn around.

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