It seems with each passing week, Florida State is adding more and more to its 2011 recruiting class. The Seminoles had 11 commits coming out of the weekend and it only took about 48 hours for FSU to get an even 12.
And he came out of Florida’s own backyard.
Lake Butler Union County defensive lineman Lonnie Gosha became that 12th man on Tuesday night. Because he is local and one of his first scholarship offers came from the Gators, most considered Florida to be the frontrunner for Gosha’s services. But after he visited FSU for Junior Day in February, it appeared that Gosha’s thoughts were solely on the Seminoles. He talked up FSU more than any other school and sounded a tad upset whenever he mentioned how he didn’t have an FSU offer. A week later, Gosha said he got that offer and it was almost immediately over.
“I already had in my mind (that he was going to commit to FSU),” Gosha said. “I had Alabama, Georgia and Florida State as my top three schools, so I just made up my mind and went on ahead and committed to Florida State.”
Florida didn’t make Gosha’s final three because of the lack of communication Gosha said he and the staff had in the last few months.
“It was cool (to be recruited by Florida), but it seemed like Florida already had the players that they wanted and as they lose some, they get interested in others,” Gosha said. “Florida State kept in contact and we just kept e-mailing each other and I kept calling them. I was always talking to coach (Jimbo) Fisher.”
Gosha said former Union County coach Andrew Zow helped him with the recruiting process. It was Gosha’s strong relationship with FSU defensive line coach Odell Haggins that initially drew him closer to the Seminoles, and Zow’s endorsement of Haggins only made Gosha that much more comfortable with FSU.
The Seminoles’ tradition and their history of playing younger guys early also enticed Gosha. He mainly lines up inside for Union County, but is much faster off the edge. Gosha said FSU coaches are toying with the idea of playing him at defensive tackle and end. At 6-foot-2, 270 pounds, Gosha said he could gain weight to stay inside or get down to 265 before he reports next year to play outside, which is what he prefers.
Now that he’s given his verbal pledge to the Seminoles, Gosha anticipates other colleges coming after him even harder. Alabama, Georgia and Florida should put more heat on him this summer and fall. Gosha said he plans to participate at FSU’s Seminole Showcase and Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp this summer.
Though he’s committed, Gosha said he will take five official visits this fall. He expects to visit FSU, Florida, Miami, Alabama and Georgia.
If Gosha’s stock continues to rise in the coming months, his recruitment should only increase. He could end up with an even tougher decision to make before National Signing Day.
“I just want to go through recruiting because this is the only time (to do it),” he said.
As a junior, Gosha had 65 tackles and 13 sacks.