Coming into the final year of high school can be a daunting thing to think about. For normal people there are several lingering questions, involving the entirety of their future.
But for high-profile recruits like Denzel Goolsby the question takes a different form; where will he play next year?
The answer: Kansas State University
Bishop Carroll’s senior running back had been fielding offers from a couple of schools, including Northern Illinois University and Illinois State University, back in April but was waiting for the right fit.
“I’ve had family play at K-State,” Goolsby said. “It’d be nice to carry on a family tradition, and to play at a school with a great atmosphere and a great coach like Bill Snyder.”
Family seems to be the perfect reason to play at Kansas State seeing as the stadium he’ll be playing in is named Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Family not only influenced his decision to play at K-State, but it also pushed him to better himself. His cousin DeAndre Goolsby – a Derby High School wide receiver last season – accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Florida after leading the Panthers to a 6A state champion title.
“Seeing him blow up made me want to reach a spot like that,” Goolsby said.
And it’s that drive that refocuses Denzel on the 2014 high school football season; his final as a high school student.
“It’s bitter sweet,” Goolsby said. “Anything short of a state championship would be a disappointment, not just to us, but to all of Bishop Carroll.”
Bishop Carroll’s postured for a deep run into the postseason with their senior-laden lineup. And with a multi-tool back like Denzel Goolsby they’ll have plenty of options for an offensive attack.
“You might see me at inside receiver this year,” Goolsby said.