Florida LB has visit list almost set

Ohio State signed four highly-rated linebackers last year, but that doesn't mean they will not sign one this year if the player is a blue-chipper.  One such player may be Florida's Tavares Gooden.  

Gooden, who comes from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (the same as new Buckeye DB Nate Salley) is rated as one of the top overall defensive players in the state of Florida.  The Buckeyes have offered him a scholarship, as has Florida State, Oklahoma, and many others.  Ohio State has a three-year streak going where they have landed Ft. Lauderdale prospects (Thomas Matthews from Dillard in 2000, Chris Gamble and Quinton Thomas from Dillard in 2001, Salley in 2002); is there a chance they could make it four with Gooden?

Well, it's way too early to tell right now, but it seems like OSU at least has a chance as Gooden plans on making an official visit to Columbus.

"I am sure of 4 of my visits -- Miami, LSU, Ohio State and Michigan State," Tavares told us. "I have not decided on a 5th visit." 

Possible dates for that OSU visit include the home games against Penn State or Michigan, but nothing is firm as far as dates go yet.  "I will not be setting anything up until the season starts," he said.

Tavares, who is 6-2, 220, and runs a 4.5 40, put up impressive numbers last year as he tallied 89 tackles and 12.5 sacks.  What's even more impressive though is that he didn't have those numbers from the linebacker position. 

"I will be moving to linebacker this year," he said. "I played DE last year." 

Tavares, who told us back in June that he wants to major in acting, is an extremely athletic player as he ran the 100m in track and also participated in the discus and shot put.  He is one who OSU would be very excited to land this year.

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