Deja vu all over again; Goldson commits

For Dashon Goldson, it was worth the wait. The 6-3, 200-pound safety from Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College sat out the 2002 football season, in part to get his academics in order and also to get bigger and stronger. Well, the former Washington signee is bigger, stronger and faster, and also looking to go back to the school that gave him the opportunity to be the man he has become.

"Things are going good," Dashon told Wednesday night from Coffeyville. Goldson, formerly from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne, wasn't able to enroll at the University of Washington, so then head coach Rick Neuheisel placed him at Coffeyville, the same school where they were able to pluck a receiver, Eddie Jackson, from the Red Raven roster.

"It was really frustrating (sitting out)," he said of last year's redshirt season. "But it went well. I was lifting 3 times a week and playing 3 times a week, getting used to the speed." His bench press has improved to 285 pounds and his 40 has dropped down to 4.46. "I worked on everything - my speed and strength. I knew it was going to be a whole new level, so I wanted to try and make the best of it."

He did, having a breakthrough spring earlier this year, and opening a lot of eyes in the process. "It was a lot faster (than high school) at first," Goldson said of the JC tempo. "But luckily I had a good spring and also worked hard this summer." In Coffeyville's first three games he has 25 tackles, a pick and a forced fumble. He was also named the Red Ravens' defensive player of the week for his effort against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in week one.

Dashon was all set to return to the Huskies for the spring of 2004, but started having second-thoughts when Neuheisel was fired. "He was the one that put me here, so when he left things changed for a minute," Goldson said. "But now I'm pretty sure I'm going back." When asked how sure, he said, "95 percent".

With Neuheisel gone, schools like Florida, Tennessee, Florida State and UCLA started calling. Right now Dashon currently claims offers from Washington, Florida and Iowa State, but it appears only one school has his complete attention. "Washington was the school that put me here and gave me this chance," he said. "If I had stayed home to go to school, who knows where I would be. But here, it's just school and football, and I'm playing for the #2 team in the country. I need to return the favor."

When asked what it would take for Goldson not to go back to Seattle, he said, "Well, if I got hurt and they didn't want me anymore. With Coach Neuheisel he told me that they would take me no matter what, but I don't know what would happen now."

He went on to say that he has spoken with everybody on the new staff and that they have all told him that they can't wait to have him back. "I've pretty much made my decision."

When asked if he's made a verbal commitment to play again for the Dawgs, his answer?


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