Top defensive tackle changes mind about Florida State commitment, now has UGA among his leaders

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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55 comments Add your comment

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

April 4th, 2010
8:06 pm

First… (again)

Iraq Dawg.... Hooah!

April 4th, 2010
9:07 pm

Let’s just play football. And these other fans from other teams need to worry about their own d@mn team.

…. I’m also sick of this recruiting soap opera. I just wish these recruits would stick to their commitment. But I do hope to see that defense get the depth it needs and it starts with recruiting.

John

April 4th, 2010
9:19 pm

Uh, so his stated reluctance about Athens is because it’s 6 hours away and Tuscaloosa is even a bit farther than that. Yet somehow those two schools were (are) his (supposed) leaders until a 3rd school, LSU, even farther away came calling? Gotta love the decision making process of a 17-year old.

Michael Carvell

April 4th, 2010
10:00 pm

Please let’s keep this on topic about Recruiting. Thanks!

Joe Namath

April 4th, 2010
10:00 pm

Hey young man, better think hard about UGA. If they have one more mediocre season the die hard fans are gonna call for a coaching change. I agree CMR is a good person. However he just doesn’t have the Vince Lombardi toughness to win it all. Come to BAMA and check it out. THE TIDE IS RISING.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 4th, 2010
10:01 pm

These kids can change their mind and that is ok. I just wish they would wait closer to signing day to make a choice. The kids are not picking a school for what degree he is interested in and that is for sure. I really wish a Degree figured somewhere in the process besides LAST for most of the players. I hope the Tech players stay out of trouble. Glad Richt made a quick call on this problem player. Make it a non-issue fast and move foward.

Happy Dawg

April 4th, 2010
10:35 pm

Im surprised UGA is getting so much attention from top tier DT’s being that our defense is now linebacker driven, and the need of DT’s is less on pass rush and more on stuffing the middle to clear space for the linebackers.

Big L

April 4th, 2010
10:36 pm

Hey Joe, you can kid yourself all you want. But in about two years, when the next available NFL job comes around. The tide is gonna roll out of Bama.

Z

April 4th, 2010
10:58 pm

By his size he seems more like a 3-4 DE than a Nose, I mean you don’t want this kid gaining 80 lbs do we? And we could use some help on the end, regardless of what Grantham puts in.

But are we really surprised that an 18 year old changed his mind? I say we give this kid props for being straight up with the FSU staff and hope he finds his way to UGA. He could have pulled a Da’rick Rogers but stood up like a man and told the coaches the truth. This is the kind of kid we want on our D-line.

Billy

April 4th, 2010
10:58 pm

First of all, Saban is not leaving Alabama. I don’t think he’ll make that mistake again. And, if Gosha didn’t wanna rush his decision, he shouldn’t have committed to FSU so quickly. We’ll find another DT somewhere.

HanDAWG

April 4th, 2010
11:04 pm

We could really use this kid – new spring scrimmage report at http://www.bighairyblawg.com

Pago Flyer

April 4th, 2010
11:11 pm

He’ll see 100,000 at the Bama Spring game, and he’ll see maybe 18,000 at UGA Spring game. Sad.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 4th, 2010
11:15 pm

Pago Flyer that is sad. There is so little to do Alabama and Athens that that many people go to see a practice. You would think some of those people would try to work and feed their kids in this economy.

richard cranium

April 4th, 2010
11:25 pm

What is Reverend Richt doing over there.. ??

Bama Fans....the new Florida Fans

April 4th, 2010
11:26 pm

you’re right pago flyer, rumor is that the BCS trophy will be at the A-Day game that wknd, and not the nearest Wall-Mart

whatever

April 4th, 2010
11:54 pm

If Mark Richt was a TRUE man of character has he professes to say – though he can’t seem to rub any that off on his players – then he wouldn’t take this guy. CMR has said in this paper, on TV, on radio, and many other outlets before that he thinks it is totally wrong for a player who commits to team to break that commitment. He has even stated that he NEVER expects any of his recruits who have to committed to UGA to “break his word” – and he doesn’t know “if I want a player playing for me that will break his word”. Well then, if CMR gets this guy who broke his word and signed letter with FSU – then CMR is just a HYPOCRITE – plain and simple. Where is your CHARACTER CMR? Or is that just a game you play?

Hate the Tide

April 4th, 2010
11:55 pm

The War damn Eagles are on the rise, not the tide. That two faced coach at bama will dump your program as soon as he gets another offer. As far as UGA goes, no one has to be negative. All you gotta do is look in the newspaper and see the UGA players being arrested for something. 3 players are being investigated for slapping around a young couple in a cab now. Do something positive in Athens and everybody will talk POSITIVE.

[...] DT Lonnie Gosha decommits from FSU Article today in the AJC mentions that he plans to visit Bama for A-Day, so maybe the Tide is still fairly well in the [...]

John

April 5th, 2010
1:41 am

CMR should tell this kid, thanks but no thanks. Be a man and honor your commitment. We blame these kids all the time, but once a kid makes a choice, then other coaches should stop recruiting him. But UGA doesn’t like this, CMR was all upset over Da’Rick Rogers but yet he continued to try to get Telvin Smith after he made his choice. Man up CMR and be a man of your words or show the world what you truly are, a hypocrite.

[...] Gasha has backed off his FSU committment (as we reported last week) and now has UGA among his leaders: Gosha had said that Georgia and Alabama were his two leaders, but he said «everything [...]

NolzFan

April 5th, 2010
7:32 am

Hate the tide..

you sir are correct and right on the money. UGA can’t keep their players out of jail and they talk about our players…lol…there has to
be something constructive to do in athens…….

AJC Sports

April 5th, 2010
7:41 am

Remember: No personal attacks on other commenters in the blogs. If you do this, you risk being banned.

As Michael Carvell said — Keep on topic here. This blog is about recruiting and specifically about Lonnie Gosha’s decision. Commenting is closed on Tim Tucker’s Montez Robinson blog for the same reason it could be closed soon on this one: Inability to keep yourselves from having discussions that don’t turn into flame wars. This is not a Montez Robinson blog; it’s a report on Lonnie Gosha.

We don’t want to close commenting on this blog because some people are unable to comment on the topic at hand instead of using this forum to make remarks about a topic that isn’t being discussed here. But if we have to, we will. Please don’t make us do that.

Thanks for your cooperation in advance.

bad brad

April 5th, 2010
8:02 am

Hey AJC, go ahead and shut it down. You got clowns like Schultz that like to stir the pot and then when the blog doesn’t go in the direction you want it to, you threaten to “close the commenting.” Go ahead and close it then Big Brother. Keep doing that and chase what readers you have away. Makes sense to me.

recruit talk

April 5th, 2010
8:07 am

OK I’ll stay on topic. Lonnie Gosha has decommitted to FSU and has GA as one of his favorites….chirp chirp chirp chirp chirp. Very entertaining conversation.

dawgster

April 5th, 2010
8:23 am

AJc, i agree the personal attacks have no place here, i know its your blog, but isn’t it for the people here also, commenting on things a little off topic isn’t totally bad as long as it is civil..Why all of sudden the are you dictating what is said on here…But i again agree that the personal attacks should not be tolerated, but discussions should be open and to whatever topic that it may lead too..The AJC can cut off the blog whenever you feel that the topic is becoming stale….

Tim

April 5th, 2010
8:30 am

If this kid can’t stick to a commitment to play football at FSU then why would any coach believe him when he says he is committed to your school. I say make him either honor his commitment to his original school or make him go to junior college. And where is the father in all this? My Dad would have tanned my behind if I had pulled a stunt like this.

Piss on an Elephant

April 5th, 2010
8:55 am

Thats your mascot right Bama? never been too sure about that. Or is it detergent? Any ways Lonnie enjoy going up to the trailer park to see Bama day or whatever, hope to see you in Athens soon!

ATL Fan

April 5th, 2010
8:58 am

At least he decommitted quickly, not like Da’Rick Rogers did on signing day (not a knock on Da’Rick-just an observation). I don’t know why Gosha committed so early in the first place, but that is his decision.

Clay

April 5th, 2010
9:04 am

This must drive football coaches crazy. Flaky teenaged high school football players changing their minds on a whim.

Ronald Mexico

April 5th, 2010
9:04 am

Hey Nolz Fan, didn’t like half your team rob a liquor store or something? Quit worrying about UGA and worry about the problems you have at home there buddy… this kid looks like a good kid, and to all the comments about honoring commitments and all that, everyone went through this when they went to college, only thing is some of you probably only had one choice when you went to college and that was Chattahoochee Tech, so get off the kids back and let him make the decision that is right for him. He can do whatever he wants and it won’t be because of the asinine people who comment on the AJC.

AJC Sports

April 5th, 2010
9:29 am

One more time: This is not a Montez Robinson blog. It’s a recruiting blog. If you feel so strongly about Montez Robinson that you just have to discuss his case, please do so in one of the older UGA blogs. This is not that forum.

We’re asking that you keep from talking about the Robinson case here because — just to make it clear to people like bad brad, etc. — not everyone coming to our recruiting and high school blogs wants to wade through a mass of non-topic related commentary.

Respect your fellow commenters and the topic that’s presented. That’s not a lot to ask.

Thank you.

Any Robinson-related comments will be unpublished from this blog.

78 DAWG

April 5th, 2010
9:48 am

If we can get this kid to commit before florida offers, it could propel us to another run of national championships like…………huh……… huh……………
Always!

The Ghost of Wally Butts

April 5th, 2010
9:55 am

Dear AJC Sports: I guess you see what happens when you shut down a blog before you give loyal readers a chance to simultaneously express strong feelings (as opposed to ‘go to the older blogs’).

Recruiting: We should expect to see a growing number of flip-flops. These kids are looking at BIG money in their future, the stakes have never been higher for the SEC multi-million dollar coaches, the fans have never been more impatient. Little wonder that teenage boys have trouble making life decisions.

And, on a more philosophical note – imagine the pressure on a teenager to make the “correct” decision which could make or break their chance to become a zillionare in a few years. They are suddenly thrust into an adult decision, then, having made the very adult decision, they walk into an environment of long-legged girl “hostesses”, dread-locks, dancing, partying, and general immaturity. Strange world.

South Ga Dawg

April 5th, 2010
10:31 am

Who knows where the kid will end up. We dont want him in Athens unless he really wants to be a DAWG!

RxDawg

April 5th, 2010
10:32 am

The Ghost of Wally Butts speaks the truth.

Craig

April 5th, 2010
10:40 am

When did the Obama administration start running the AJC blogs? They love to control what gets asked and said during his new conferences. Ooops, time to shut it down now, sorry people.

harold

April 5th, 2010
11:23 am

WHY AN AVERAGE FOOTBALL TEAM LIKE GEORGIA WHEN THERE ARE CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAMS LIKE FLORIDA ANS ALABAMA! HE SHOULD GO WITH A CHAMPION!

Dawg Stephen

April 5th, 2010
11:38 am

Whatever happened to letting a kid decide where he wants to go, and being happy for him rather than call everyone sexually explicit names, question their man hood, make fun of the other fans, and insult families? Just let a kid decide and be happy for them and wish them the best. wow people, my niece is in kindergarten, and she shows better judgement than anything i am reading here.

http://dawgstephen.blogspot.com

Dawg Stephen

April 5th, 2010
11:41 am

Dear AJC Sports… you allow the Saint Simons of the world and the other posters to just blog anything they want without username registration or SIGN on with a password, and you are worried about staying on topic? seriously? really?

All you have to do is make this blog what it ought to be, and put a little bit off accountability, but then again that would require actually running a good blog and doing the right thing….sorry, i ask too much.

mike

April 5th, 2010
12:03 pm

I’m all for the ajc running a tighter ship on these blogs. It has been getting out of hand and I have participated as well but will refrain in the future.

Hard Truth Soldier.....

April 5th, 2010
12:06 pm

Go have a stellar year, put up some numbers and show that you belong. To many of ya’ll young men are getting all this hype to cusion some stiffs career who does nothing but exploit you the player, and some of the clueless fans.I played in the Big Ten, and I can guarantee you that playing in the SEC IS TOUGH. Unless you plan on being a defensive end, you’ll never see the field at 265lbs at DT. UGA Would love to have you, but come to win, come to play, come first to be a good student, and don’t believe the “HYPE”. There are number 2’s and 3’s ranked at alot of positions coming out of high school with 4 and 5 stars by there name. Yet the Heisman went to a “mediocre” 3 star last year. Bottom line young man concentrate on the game and not what some kid who didn’t play a serious down of H.S. Ball is writing about you!

Hard Truth Soldier.....

April 5th, 2010
12:12 pm

AJC Writers, Instead of this Bull$&it everyday, if you want to keep the fans excited how about you pick up the phone, and call to different SEC Schools and keep the fans posted position by position to know whats happening at there Schools. Now that would be Journalism at it’s best!

Freedon of Speech

April 5th, 2010
12:18 pm

Please don’t become like the Knoxville paper and start acting like “Pravda” when there are opposing views, though I certainly understand the need to cut down on many of vile and silly comments and personal attacks. To me, Atlanta is the capital of the South and the AJC is the voice of the South, unmatched in it’s coverage including of course sports and particularly the sport “religion” we call football. And best of luck to Lonnie Gosha, he sounds like a typically very confused young man with alot of great choices before him. But it is a LONG time before signing day and at this point he needs to tjust ake all his trips and take his time so he’s not making 5 different commitments.

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Dave In Tampa

April 5th, 2010
12:22 pm

Hey I’m also on board for screening posts before they appear. Some of the garbage that comes over here from the Nerd Herd is so juvenile.

I would like to see this kid come to Athens. I agree with a coupler bloggers here that they should shorten the time that Colleges can make offers to HS kids. They are just that, kids. It’s tough for a 17 year old to make a decision smartly, unless it’s his dream school, to make that quick of a judgement.

Look forward to Fall! Go dawgs!

Dawg Stephen

April 5th, 2010
1:00 pm

Hey Dave, totally right, however instead of screening posts. Simply adding the requirement of a REGISTERED username with password to post would solve much much of it. It can be done, because the NCAA bracket contest required exactly that.

They just dont want to. Sad.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

April 5th, 2010
1:53 pm

I’m Glad he open his choices. It is and will be a big part of this young mans life. I understand not wanting to rush into a clear choice. I mean this kid is a teenager. He sure does have alot of skill top notch programs want. Micheal, does Lonnie have good speed? I saw his weight was in the two sixty’s which is to be expected on the highschool level. Does he has any expirence at defensive end ?

The drive from N. Fl to Baton Rouge is

April 5th, 2010
2:19 pm

Try driving from the metro Jax area where essentially Lake Butler is and you will drive for about 90 minutes over to Tallahasse on I -10 and then from there to Penscaola on I -10 is only about 3.5 hours or 240 miles and then from PNS to Mobile is another hour and to Biloxi/Gulfport from Mobile is an hour + and then settle in for another 3 hours to Baton Rouge. The traffic on I-10 is heavy and is always bumper to bumper and if it is raining …………..forget it. 45 miles per hour that becomes.

UGA from Lake Butler …………..skip on to old US 441 and head to Athens, on nice back roads. 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours.

Go Dogs. Besides ………………….FSU is over anyway. They will be canning the new guy Jimbo within 4 years. Next!!!

SCOTT

April 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

I like Georgia a lot too Lonnie.
Go Dawgs

Freedom of Speech

April 6th, 2010
12:02 am

Very disappointed that the AJC decided to delete my post which only stated that I hoped they wouldn’t play “Pravda” when it came to opposing viewpoints. But after closing comments on another article and now this…Welcome to Pravda?? It will be very interesting if this post makes it on here…