Cerritos DL makes the rounds

He's flown under-the-radar much of the year, but Cerritos DT Deon Goggins (6-2, 285) has seen recruiting pick up over the past few months with several schools ponying up offers and setting up visits. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented interior defensive lineman with a huge upside recently and he updated us on things...

Goggins prepped at Pacific Palisades High School in California in 2006 and he was a standout running back while in high school. However, when he graduated, he decided to work instead of continuing to pursue academics.

"I worked for a couple of years, but I was always missing football," Goggins told JCFootball.com recently. "My friends were playing ball and I was really missing playing, so I decided to go to Harbor College down here in L.A. and then I transferred here to Cerritos when coach (Andrew) Alvillar left Harbor."

Goggins was a bruising 265-pound running back in high school, but once he arrived in college he was immediately put along the defensive line to make use of his then 280-pound frame, outstanding quickness and athleticism as well as his 4.7 speed.

"It was the first time I had ever played defense," Goggins recalled. "I was getting by on my athleticism while I was working on my technique and I had a good year (in 2008) for it being my first year. I had 15 tackles and three sacks and then this past year after coming over here to Cerritos I had 37 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and I led the team with 10 sacks."

For his efforts, Goggins was named first team All-Conference and All-State and that recognition also got him noticed on the recruiting trail.

"I visited Baylor back on December 11th and they offered me," Goggins said. "My second visit will be to Syracuse and that will be on January 15th and they've offered me too.

"San Jose State also offered me recently and I just talked to the UCLA coaches and they are working on getting my transcripts and they said they like what I can do, so they are going to be recruiting me pretty hard now."

Goggins hasn't spoken directly with the other schools looking at him, but said his coaches have let him know several Pac 10, Mountain West and Big 12 schools have also inquired about his services.

"Almost all the schools recruiting me are recruiting me a a three-technique defensive tackle," Goggins said. "I can play nose or end and I've done that the past two years, but everyone seems to like my explosiveness inside."

Goggins is on pace to finish up his AA degree in May and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll continue to keep track of Goggins' progress as the recruiting process moves along and we will update news as it happens.

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