Dashon Goldson - Three's a Crowd

<b>Dashon Goldson</b>, a 6-2 180-pound free safety, plays for Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California. Dashon is already known around the Harbor League as a physical safety, and he takes great pride on not letting even the biggest guy on the field stand between him and a big hit.

"I set myself apart from other free safeties because I like to be in the play," Dashon told Dawgman.com last night. "A lot of safeties think of themselves as the safe man, but I like to be in the game, come up on a hit, sticking receivers, stuff like that."

And it doesn't matter if one of those receivers just happens to be Narbonne's star running back, Marcus O'Keith. "He's fast and he'll try to put a move on you," Goldson said of O'Keith. "It's good competition going up against Marcus. He's a good back."

And how about Narbonne's star lineman, Alex Potasi? "I will take on the blockers," Dashon simply said. "I don't move out of the way. I'll take on Alex. I'll get chewed up, but that's me. I don't shy away from it. Coach always tells me to take on the blockers. I know he'd get me on a screen play or something, but if he's right there I have to go right through him."

Besides his good size, Goldson runs a 4.5 40 and has a 33-inch vertical jump to his credit. It's those attributes, and his nose for the ball that have college coaches checking him out. "They like the way I read the field and react to a play," he said. "They also like the way I hit."

"I'm a smart player," Dashon said when asked about the one thing that separates him from the rest of the pack. "I talk. I'm good at it too. I get in trouble sometimes (laughs). But I love the excitement and I like hitting people. You can do what you want."

Goldson has 5 picks, 2 for touchdowns so far this year. Perhaps his best play was just last week against Bell in the playoffs. According to Dashon, it was the play that helped save Narbonne from elimination. "I had a 60-yard interception return that turned the game around," he said. "If we don't get that play, there's a good chance we lose the game."

Recruiting attention has been steady for Goldson, especially from three teams of note - The Washington Huskies, San Jose State and Wisconsin. Dashon has offers from Kansas, San Jose State and Wisconsin.

And official dates? "I'm going to Washington on December 7th," Dashon said, referring to the same date that O'Keith and Potasi will be visiting the Emerald City. "I'm going to visit San Jose State, but probably not until January." There's one small wrench that has been thrown into the works in regards to Goldson's official trip to Seattle. "I have the ACT on the 8th," he said. "I have to take my test and then I'll get to Seattle. That will be the day after the championship game if we get there."

Goldson and his Narbonne teammates talked to Husky Linebackers Coach Tom Williams yesterday afternoon. "He said that he wants me to come up there and play for the Huskies," Dashon said. "He was at our practice today. He told me to keep my grades up and he'll be coming back down for an in-house visit with my parents on Monday."

And a leader. Goldson can only think of one right now. "Washington."

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