DL Lonnie Gosha commits to Florida State

A defensive lineman from Florida that Georgia offered just last week committed to Florida State on Tuesday.

Lonnie Gosha, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive lineman from Union County High School in Lake Butler, Fla., informed the Seminoles of his decision Tuesday night. He had several offers but said it came down to FSU, Georgia and Alabama.

“I just love all the coaches,” Gosha told WarChant.com. “At Georgia I just really know Coach [Mark] Richt and I met the other coaches, like Coach [John] Lilly and Coach [Rodney] Garner. At Florida State, they spoke with me every day and checked up on me and I just feel like I know the entire staff there. I also like it because my mom can come and see me play.”

Gosha still plans to attend Alabama’s A-Day spring game in Tuscaloosa on April 17 but was otherwise done with recruiting.

Gosha is the Seminoles’ 12th commitment and follows Southwest DeKalb’s Terrance Smith, who became No. 11 on Sunday. FSU currently has room for only 12 players next season unless attrition allows room for more.

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Boy OH Boy n Athens

March 30th, 2010
11:34 pm

Hmmmm. another bypasses UGA and Richt.
Color me not surprised!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

March 30th, 2010
11:49 pm

It’s a lot easier to get in to Florida State … and he won’t have to play in the SEC.

Joe Ja

March 30th, 2010
11:55 pm

Easier than getting into UGA? What did he have to do, open the door?

Atl Nole

March 31st, 2010
1:19 am

I see the haters are already out… haa haa The spear is back!

Bobby Boucher

March 31st, 2010
4:11 am

Mama says Florida State is the devil.

Bamafan

March 31st, 2010
4:25 am

My favorite 3 teams are Bama of course and the seminoles and the dawgs because of my dad. I would be in football heaven if the 3 schools offered my child or relative. Andrew Zoe is the high school
coach of the kid and if Bama really wanted him that bad I bet he would go to Alabama in a New York
second!! RTR

Sam

March 31st, 2010
4:37 am

well, at least he didn’t go to UF

Fred

March 31st, 2010
5:56 am

FSU will sign between 19-21. Yes there will be attrition as Fisher upgrades the roster.

bill_in_atl

March 31st, 2010
7:09 am

As a UGA fan I hate when UGA make stupid comments. It’s true that UGA has tougher standards than FSU for athletes, but there is NO WAY anyone can know if this would have been a factor in this kid’s case, which makes it a petty and unfair personal attack in my opinion.

As to the Bamafan’s delusions that they would get every kid they really want. Par for the course.

And Art, the spear will be back when you win some games. Recruiting well doesn’t always equal winning, although it seems you guys are in fact recruiting well. Playing in that crap conference doesn’t hurt your odds at winning either.

Tokyo jacket

March 31st, 2010
7:25 am

Bill, thanks for being a responsible fan! I wish more dudes like you would be on here, calling out stupid fans on your own side. Of course, I totally disagree with the crap conference part. GT’s division, the ACCC, had 3 top-25 teams. The SECE had only 1. I’m not saying we’re the SEC, but I wouldn’t say crappy either.

papadawg

March 31st, 2010
7:29 am

Most of these kids will make mama happy and stay close to home. Nothing wrong with that

Bamafan

March 31st, 2010
7:53 am

Bill in Atlanta Andrew Zoe was the Bama qb in 98-01 and I think he would steer the kid to Bama if it was left up to him. The kid made a good decision and wish him good luck in the future. RTR

PatNole

March 31st, 2010
7:54 am

A side note…Many of the state schools in Florida have seen their standards for admission increase due to the Bright Futures Scholarship. It is similar to the Hope scholarship here in Georgia, which, if I’m not mistaken greatly increased the standards for UGA….while this has nothing to do with recruiting I think it needed to be clarified. Florida State just keeps rolling in these recruits, hopefully they all stick with us!

German Shepherd Dawg

March 31st, 2010
7:55 am

A couple of thoughts on committed recruits at this time….

1. They are not binding until next February.
2. A full season of football will take place before that time.
3. Grantham’s defense will likely open more than a few eyes between now and signing day.

Duh-Rick was in the fold until signing day last year. Don’t get too worked up about commitments this far in advance.

German Shepherd Dawg

March 31st, 2010
7:57 am

Bama Fan,

By your logic, Kirby Smart is now our DC.

What am I saying? Logic and Alabama fans go together like oil and water.

messin with sasquatch

March 31st, 2010
8:09 am

theres no comparison between playing at uga and fsu. fsu is totally a better place to go to school as an athlete. check out the seminole facilities sometime, idiot dogg fans. downside is getting azzwhooping by uf but doggs are used to that.

Topp Dogg

March 31st, 2010
8:17 am

When has FSU beat UF lately or GT for that matter?

Do Little University

March 31st, 2010
8:19 am

We “Gosha” now.

dawgster

March 31st, 2010
8:24 am

Boy oh Boy nAthens, don’t be so negative and idiotic by saying “another one bypasses the dawgs”…The kid made a decision that was best for him which doesn’t have anything to do with what Coach Richt did or didn’t do…My gosh do you think we will get every kid that has a interes in the dawgs…Did you read the kids comments..He made a tough decision and chose what was best for him and his family…Do you not get this or are you so caught up in your negative comments against the dawgs that you can’t help yourself…Your comments on recruits and others who post about what teams lost which kid or not just shows how little you know..Does it say anything about Saban because he didn’t committ there…Wake up and use your head before posting negative comments that make little or no sense…

Paddy

March 31st, 2010
8:43 am

dawgster…….well said!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 31st, 2010
8:46 am

relax folks, there is still a ton of great recruits out there unsigned. Besides, these juniors could have horrible senior years, or hopefully not, have a serious injury.

Don Medeiros

March 31st, 2010
8:53 am

They “talked to him every day”? Isn’t that some sort of violation?

Jacket Backer

March 31st, 2010
9:03 am

hate to say it bit it looks like FSU will be back sooner than later……we’ll see ‘um in th ACCCG!!

Go Jackets!!

Sl1m

March 31st, 2010
9:22 am

If Bill was a real Alabama Fan then he would know that the QB names was Andrew Zow not Zoe…just saying

Chip Towers

March 31st, 2010
9:31 am

Sl1m: Yeah, but that “w” key is right next to the “e” on the computer keyboard. I’m just sayin’.

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 31st, 2010
9:38 am

Flo-ri-duh When you play FSU and Miami then you can talk. FSU amd Miami are getting LOADED now it is up to coaching. With Bobby not being a puppet FSU is now totally under new management for sure. Miami got rid of that great SEC QB/ OC Patric Nix and were much inproved last year. What 3 lil sisters of the blind does UF have for their OOC games this year? FSU: Samford because of Bowden, Oklahoma, BYU, and Gators. UF: Miami(OH), USF, App State, and FSU.

bill_in_atl

March 31st, 2010
9:41 am

Tokyo Jacket, perhaps I was being a bit harsh. Despite what some would say the ACC was in fact a slightly better conference than the Mountain West last year. Facts are facts. :) (Seriously…I thought the ACC would be almost on par with the SEC when it expanded but so far it just hasn’t happened. Things could change of course, but as of now the ACC is clearly at best the 4th best.

As to the acceptance at UGA, I’m only referring to athletes and I’m not trying to compare UGA to Northwestern or Stanford, nor am I trying to disparage FSU (who I like and respect). While we all know what the NCAA minimum requirements are, we don’t know exactly how each school treats the rules and what other rules they may have internally. What we do know is that plenty of players who accepted offers to UGA ended up at comparable level BCS programs due to their being turned down by whatever committee has the ultimate say at UGA. Part of me is happy to have the higher standards but the other part wishes we could play by the same exact rules as our direct competition. (If I had to pick I’d take the way we do it fwiw and I wish everyone else would do the same.)

naganole

March 31st, 2010
9:50 am

It’s refreshing to have a coaching staff that evaluates talent early, goes after the guys they want that fit their system, and then closes before everyone else jumps on board. At the FSU spring game another commit will have some people here in Atl crying. Can’t wait till everyone else finds out…

BigDawg

March 31st, 2010
10:22 am

Anyone who has read or even taken the final exam offered by Georgia would laugh at any comment about UGA having any standards whatsoever!!! Am I the only one that actually was curious and took the exam? Google UGA’s basketball exam by Coach Harrick, Jr.. Shoot atleast FSU’s finals were hard enough that a school administrator had to take the exams for the athletes! At UGA they simply give pre-K level exams!

John

March 31st, 2010
10:48 am

FSU is certainly on a roll. Dawg fans seem to take these things to personal, like it’s an affront that a kid wants to go somewhere else besides UGA. UGA is a fine school, but FSU is on par with them. They have a new staff that are all great recruiters and all are on the same page. UGA might have a great staff, but they just seem to individual talents, not a team like FSU’s.

flagboy?

March 31st, 2010
11:13 am

FSU is certainly on a roll. Dawg fans seem to take these things to personal, like it’s an affront that a kid wants to go somewhere else besides UGA. UGA is a fine school, but FSU is on par with them. They have a new staff that are all great recruiters and all are on the same page. UGA might have a great staff, but they just seem to individual talents, not a team like FSU’s.
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I have no idea what your last sentence means. I think FSU is on the way back up, which isn’t a surprise. The surprise is that in a talent-rich state like Florida, they were so average for so long.

UGA Athlete - Class of 2006

March 31st, 2010
12:04 pm

Big Dawg-

I was an athlete and took some exams… none of which were gimmes (majored in MIS). By the way… anyone who actually went to the college knows that there isn’t a single final exam for all of the students at the university. Judging the fact that you never went to college… I’d guess all of those “dumb” football players are much smarter than you’ll ever be. Good luck scalping tickets this year.

Gerald

March 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

Bamafan:

Andrew Zow wasn’t treated that well when he was at Alabama. He was clearly the best QB and actually could have been an NFL backup QB for a few years … wasn’t that tall and didn’t have the best arm but had good mobility and was very accurate. A lot better than McElroy or John Parker Wilson I will tell you that.

But … Zow was from Jacksonville. A Florida kid. EVERYONE wanted to see “the #1 high school QB from the state of Alabama” Tyler Watts play. So Zow had to be pushed to the side for a clearly inferior player. Which is, of course, why Zow is coaching high school football right now. (Tyler Watts … making a ton of money as a “motivational speaker.”) So, don’t be shocked if steering kids to Alabama isn’t high on Zow’s list of priorities right now. If anything, Zow has more to gain by sending kids to the in-state schools, because one of those is far more likely to bring him onto their coaching staff than Alabama is. For instance, Dameyune Craig, who was the QB at Auburn while Zow was at Alabama, is now an assistant coach at FSU.

FRED

March 31st, 2010
12:21 pm

GET USE TO THIS KIND OF THING HAPPINING BOYS. WE ARE NOW A SECOND RATE PROGRAM .

Gerald

March 31st, 2010
12:33 pm

Dawg fans:

Don’t be shocked by losing DL recruits. Most kids would rather be a DL in a 4-3 scheme than in a 3-4 scheme because A) playing 2 gap is much harder than playing 1 gap and B) DLs put up more stats in the 4-3, especially the DEs. Also, what the 3-4 DLs do in college often doesn’t translate well to what the 4-3 DLs do in the NFL. That’s why Terrance Cody is being looked at as a 2nd and possibly 3rd round draft pick despite being a 2 time All-American … no one knows if he can rush the passer good enough to be a 1st round pick at DT in a 4-3 defense because he never did it in college. So he will either be a 3-4 NT or the run stopping tackle in a 4-3 that comes out of the game on passing downs. And the DEs in 3-4 defenses have just as much trouble moving to the NFL, because their roles are totally different from the pass rushing DEs in the 4-3 NFL defenses. So, where running a 3-4 defense should help the Dogs’ recruiting is at LB, not DL.

And as far as FSU goes in general … don’t look at them as an ACC program anymore. Bobby Bowden, Mickey Andrews, Chuck Amato … all those guys are gone. Jimbo Fisher, the longtime SEC assistant at places like LSU and Auburn, is now running things, and while he has some FSU grads on the roster, he is basically building FSU like an SEC team. They will recruit like an SEC team (former Auburn QB Dameyune Craig is their recruiting coordinator) and play like one. The other ACC schools had better catch up in a hurry.

Gerald

March 31st, 2010
12:33 pm

Fred:

Consider yourself lucky that UGA was ever in the running for a top out of state player like this to begin with. Goodness, a little perspective here PLEASE.

Hmmmmmmm!

March 31st, 2010
1:26 pm

Excuse me but if I remember right Jawja got it’s head coach from the ACC.
And while in the ACC he was only good enough to be an assistant coach.

TampaGator

March 31st, 2010
2:12 pm

This kid was either a Nole or a Gator all the way, and the Gators have no openings (he admitted that the Gator coaches stopped recruiting him even though he lives just up the road from the Gainesville campus) for a DL right now. Not a need with the young, talented DL on the roster and the recruits that are coming in this year. Glad he will be a Nole and will be toasted Gator meat for the next 4 years.

TampaGator

March 31st, 2010
2:18 pm

Garald…good point about recruits not wanting to go to a team that plays defense mostly in the 3-4. Harder for DTs and limits their potential playing time in the scheme. The Gators use the 3-5 but mainly use 4 down linemen sets. The DC that came from Miami and then left was going to go mostly with the 3-4 and I was glad he left to go back to the pros. Hey, DL recuit, come to Georgia. We only play one DT in our defensive scheme. That means you have less chance to play, will get beat up more, you will make less tackles, and you will wear down before you get a chance to go to the pros. Yep, come to Georgia and play DT. NO THANKS.

TampaGator

March 31st, 2010
2:22 pm

John…interesting “a team like FSUs”…are you trying to say that FSU possesses “a team approach.” Don’t think so…at least not in the last 5 years, dude. FSU has been one of the worst “teams” in college football recently….all about the individuals on that “team.” Wake up, dude. Maybe your new coach will change that…but hasn’t he really been in charge the last 2 or 3 years already?

dawgster

March 31st, 2010
2:27 pm

Again true to continued inside knowlledge, if he didn’t go to the gators then they didn’t want him or didn’t have a place for him…Amazing how many atheletes that don’t sign or committ to the gators were not being recruited anyway…You may be right on the reason here, but just can’t help that this seems to be the case when the gators are recruiting or not recruiiting a kid…”Gator meat for the next 4 years”, sounds like sour grapes to me…What about it Seminoles, what do you think?

dawgster

March 31st, 2010
2:34 pm

I’m not a FSU fan by any means, but i do respect your program, i hope that FSU can turn the tables on the gators, and when it does happen, and it will, you will have plenty of people on here who will cheer with you..

TampaGator

March 31st, 2010
4:53 pm

dawgster…just quoting the kid about “the Gator coaches stopped recruiting me and the FSU coaches called or texted me every day.” It is what the kid said in the papers in Florida, not inside information. The Dawgs were never seriously in the picture either because of the 3-4 defense they are now running. If you had to go in against these young kids at DT: Hunter (Soph), Ealey (Fr), Floyd (Fr), Orr (Fr), Okine (Soph)…and that’s not counting the Jr and Sr DL on the roster…would you want to be a Gator or a Nole DL at this time??? No brainer for the kid.

TampaGator

March 31st, 2010
4:56 pm

dawgster…just like the Dawgs turning the tables on the Gators for the last twenty years…yep…gonna happen some day….especially in the spring and summer…it happens every year. Unfortunately for you, it seldom happens in the fall when it actually counts. But you Dawg and Nole fans….keep the faith. That is what good fans do. But reality must bite for you.

TampaGator

March 31st, 2010
5:00 pm

Dawgster….here is the kid’s actual comment in the Gainesville Sun:

“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.”

This kid simply has a better opportunity to play at “Free Shoes University”…I mean FSU.

Dizzim

March 31st, 2010
5:31 pm

For all you trying to say that it is easier to get into FSU than UGA you should look at who else offered him. Duke offered him as well so that should tell you how his grades are.

GatorGrowl

March 31st, 2010
5:43 pm

Best of luck to the young man, he’s a good player. Just wish he liked orange and blue a little better. You can tell that FSU is being alot more aggressive in getting early commits under Fisher.

Tdawg

March 31st, 2010
7:08 pm

A Florida kid wanting to go to a Florida school. What a shocker. You can not be serious about insinuating that Ricth lost this kid. Come on please tell me that you aren’t seriously going to blame Ricth. I take up for my dawg fans 99% of the time, but to blame Ricth for this kid deciding to stay in state is absolutely asinine.

I’ve gotten to the point to whenever a Bama fan post anything on this site I just laugh at the arrogance of those idiots. Some not all, but the majority.

Fla. State fans, you might want to keep that trap shut until you are, How do you say it? Oh yea, all the way back. You do still have to play them gators you know.

Good luck to what ever that you end up at young man.

Asylum13

March 31st, 2010
10:25 pm

He chose FSU because its the school closest to his home. He said it in his interview.

Brookcy

March 31st, 2010
10:38 pm

Can anyone on this blog tell me or help me to understand why any time a young athlete announces his career collegiate decision, we get individuals who try to tear in to the persons choice or character and they don’t even know that person. Adults you should show more character and applauad these young men for a job well done. You can talk trash once the balls are on the fields and the kids are playing between the lines.