Got Leg? John Goss Does

A good deal of the chatter after the combines centers around 'the fastest forties' and the 'highest vertical jumps.' This year there were several kickers who generated buzz, too. Perhaps the one that jumped out most was John Goss of Scottsdale Community College. At 6-4, 225, Goss is cut from a different cloth.

As a freshman, Goss was behind a talented sophomore who handled field goals and PATs. As a sophomore he's in the driver's seat heading into fall camp. His coaches are anxious to see what he can do.

"The leg is freak. It's ridiculous. When he kicks off he puts it 90 to 95% of the time onto the track," said Scottsdale assistant coach Paul LaBate." He believes Goss can make it to the NFL if he develops more day-to-day consistency. It should be noted that Goss has physical strength to along with the overall size. He did 11 reps of 225 at our combine in May.

The question is whether Goss will earn his scholarship as a kickoff specialist or as a complete kicker. He plans to be the latter.

"My goals for the season are to do the best I can with the blessings that God gave me. I hope to contribute to the team by putting kickoffs out of the end zone, be 90% or above in field goals, and average around 45 yards per punt," said Goss, who will graduate from SCC in December with a GPA over 3.0.

Goss only played one year of high school ball in Ohio, so many feel that he has tremendous upside potential.  "My high school career was short because my focus was on soccer until my senior year," explained Goss.

To make up for lost time in high school Goss has spent much of this offseason training with both Gorham and another noted kicking instructor, Charlie Pelfrey. Goss points out that both coaches have helped him get more exposure from four-year schools such as Michigan State, Florida, and Minnesota. Gorham, who instructed kickers and punters at the combine in Arizona, believes Goss is a real gem.

Does Goss have a college preference at this point?

"I'm from Columbus, Ohio and would like to be a little closer to home, maybe playing in the Big Ten. But I'll be happy to play at any division one school that could offer me a great education," said Goss.

The goals are set and the compliments are flowing. Now it's up to Goss to put it between the uprights.


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