When one of the Southeast’s top defensive tackles renounced his pledge to sign with Florida State last Thursday — only two days after committing to the Seminoles, some people didn’t believe it.
If you recall, last Thursday was April 1, or April Fool’s Day.
However, Lonnie Gosha from Lake Butler, Fla., says he was not joking around about backing off Florida State so quickly.
The 6-foot-2, 265-pounder has re-opened his recruiting, and has Georgia, Alabama, and LSU among his leaders.
“I guess a lot of my friends read (about me de-committing) … and they kept on messing me, asking me why I tricked the Florida State coaches,” Gosha told the AJC on Sunday night.
“But it was true. I felt I was rushing the recruiting process with committing to Florida State. It didn’t feel right, so I told them that I had changed my mind. They were mad at me, and probably still are mad at me. But I’m still looking at FSU. I just need more time to figure everything out. I thought it was best to go ahead and be upfront with them now, rather than wait until a later date. It was the right thing to do.”
Gosha had said that Georgia and Alabama were his two leaders, but he said “everything changed” after being offered by LSU on Sunday night.
“I don’t know about my top schools right now,” Gosha said, before pausing for a few seconds. “I do like Georgia a lot … and … well, if I was to have a list of top schools, Georgia would definitely be on it.”
Gosha has eight offers and counting, including LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, FSU, and Arkansas. He made an unofficial visit to Georgia on March 20. “I liked it a lot, and got to know the players and coaches,” Gosha said. “I talked to (Georgia coach) Mark Richt, and he seemed like a great guy. I could see myself playing there. The only thing about Georgia is that it is about six hours aways. I wish it was a little closer.”
Gosh says his next trip will be to Alabama for the A-Day Game on April 17. He said he hopes to return to Georgia in the summer.
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