Let’s get one thing straight. Lonnie Gosha is a man of very few words. But what he lacks vocally, he certainly makes up for with his play. The Lake Butler Union County defensive lineman has some great talent and will be one of the top defensive linemen in the state this fall. Count on it.
We spoke a little on Sunday night, and while recruiting is relatively new to Gosha, he’s getting interest from some top schools. Right now, Florida and Florida State appear to be at the top of his list. Florida has offered, but FSU hasn’t. He’s also got interest in Arkansas (which has offered), Alabama, Clemson and Georgia. He might have only two offers, but that should grow after the summer.
I think Gosha has Florida in front, but he’s waiting on that FSU offer. He went to FSU’s Junior Day last weekend and said he had a “great time.” He really liked the campus and said FSU defensive line coach Odell Haggins is a major reason why he’s so interested in the Seminoles.
“He’s good,” Gosha said of Haggins. “He keeps it real.”
I met Gosha last fall when I covered one of his games, after which the opposing coach said he game-planned his entire offense to go away from whichever side Gosha lined up.
This is one of the reasons I think he’ll become a bigger name as the year progresses. He can play inside or outside, and he said that’s what has Florida defensive line coach Dan McCarney so interested in him. The two have a good relationship and are in constant contact, Gosha said.
From Day One I thought Florida was the top school for Gosha. His eyes light up when I first talked to him about the Gators and he starting laughing when I brought up the Gators Sunday. He said he could see himself playing any position on Florida’s line in the future.
“They put a lot of defensive linemen out there (in the NFL Draft), like Florida State,” he said.
Again, not much of a quote, but he’s a good kid.
Gosha, who stands 6-foot-3, 275 pounds, had 65 total tackles and 13 sacks as a junior. He’s heading to Florida and FSU for summer camps and said he’ll “definitely” be at Friday Night Lights in July. He’s set to visit Georgia on March 20 and wants to get to Alabama, where coaches have said he could be a (much) lighter version of Terrence Cody.