Goeas talks Dooley, commitment

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Although it took slightly longer for news to stretch across America's mainland to Honolulu, Hawaii, it was still surprising to Colton Goeas.

Derek Dooley's departure as the head football coach at Tennessee threw the Volunteer commitment for a loop. FOX Sports NEXT's 44th-ranked middle linebacker in country, who pledged back on July 20, has tremendous respect for Dooley.

"I want to wish coach Dooley all the best in his future as a coach," Goes told InsideTennessee. "Although things didn't work out for him and the team, I'm sure he will bounce back from this and prove that he's a good coach somewhere else."

Although defensive coordinator Sal Suneri recruited the St. Louis (Hawaii) High standout to Rocky Top, Goes and teammate Reeve Koehler expect a visit from offensive line coach Sam Pittman this week.

A 38-0 Interscholastic League loss to Punahou saw the Crusaders' season end in front of a crowd of roughly 5,000 back on Oct. 19 with a record of 5-5.

Assuming everything works out for Goeas with the next staff at Tennessee, he has firm plans to take the field at Neyland Stadium in front of 102,455.

"I'm still committed to being a Volunteer and helping this program get back to where it deserves to be," Goeas said.

The NEXT three-star and No. 4 player in the Aloha State is one of 17 committed prospects expected to make it to Tennessee. That number could go down before going back up by half a dozen or more.

Goeas plans to major in Pre-Law and boasts a 3.5 grade point average. He will take his official visit this winter. That will be his first time seeing Rocky Top.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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