Focused on Now

Even though he has close to 20 scholarship offers and will graduate in December, Weston (FL) Cypress Bay wide receiver Kadeem Goulbourne is focused now on a state championship, not his ever expanding recruitment.

Up to 18 scholarship offers, which includes offers from power conferences like the Big 12, Big Ten, SEC and others, Weston (FL) Cypress Bay wide receiver Kadeem Goulbourne has the opportunity to play for a lot of really good schools. Right now, he doesn't care.

The 6-4, 200-pound Goulbourne doesn't know who has all offered him, doesn't know a lot about the schools or who his favorites are. In fact, Goulbourne doesn't even care about the recruiting process.

Why? Because Goulbourne is focused on getting his team a state championship and that's the only thing that matters to him.

"My number one priority is to win a title," Goulbourne told Badger Nation. "Losing in the state championship was a bitter taste. My focus has been on the young guys and bringing them up. I am trying to keep the heartbeat of the team and show the young guys how we do things at Cypress Bay."

Seeing Apopka score the winning touchdown with 1:29 to go, the final blow in a 53-50 8A state championship loss, has sat with Goulbourne all off season. Saying he is one of the leaders on his team, Goulbourne's determination this offseason this season has been trying to build the mental side of the game to give him an edge.

"The physical aspect is easy, so what I want to do more is study read coverages, routes and learn defenses," said Goulbourne. "I want to know what they are going to do before they do. I want to get my mind focused on the game. My mind will bring my body together.

"This spring I got a lot better at attacking the ball, but I want to focus more on taking the short passes and taking them the distance. I want to focus more on that because a lot of people doubt me, don't think I can take the short passes. I want to me more of an underneath threat as well as being over the top."

While he's focused on the team and bettering his game, Goulbourne recognizes that at some point he'll have to take a closer look at his own recruitment. Taking a brief time to look at a new offer when it comes before filing it away, Goulbourne looks at the depth chart and the school's winning tradition first and second.

"Most of all, I want to be a part of a great situation," said Goulbourne.

With the coaching staff having a strong relationship with his school and the program having won the last three Big Ten championships, Wisconsin fits Goulbourne's criteria.

"Their wide receiver coach (Chris Beatty) is a really nice guy," said Goulbourne. "He told me about everything he was doing at Wisconsin with his position, and he told me to save an official visit for them. Hopefully the coaching staff at Wisconsin, my position coach and me, we can all come together and it can work out for everybody."

According to Goulbourne, Beatty likes him to line up as an H-back, outside wide receiver or a slot wide receiver, saying Goulbourne gives the Badgers flexibility within its offense because of his size and ability. He plans to take all five of his official visits before making a decision.

"I can see things from the outside but what a lot of coaches can't do is hide what's going on inside," said Goulbourne. "Once I get a chance to take my official visits and find out what's going on behind the scenes, I'll feel a lot comfortable."

Graduating early, Goulbourne acknowledged that he has to handle his recruitment differently than his teammates and friends, but still wants to focus the majority of his summer because, "I can't getting bigger and faster and be a team leader when I am going to colleges."

"At the end of the day, I am not going to enroll in August and the first game of the season in that September," said Goulbourne. "I want to control my own destiny. By going in December, that's the way to do it. I want to put myself in the best situation to control my own destiny."

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