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Derby TE DeAndre Goolsby says he’ll play for Florida

Published Nov. 8 at 1:28 p.m. | Last updated Nov. 10 at 11:36 a.m.

Derby senior DeAndre Goolsby, one of the top-rated tight ends in the country, announced Friday that he has made an oral commitment to play at Florida.

Goolsby, who is rated the third-best tight end by Rivals.com, also said he considered Arkansas, Kansas State, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Sitting next to his father, Brian and mother, Heather, Goolsby walked to a lectern with the five hats of the schools he was considering, and first picked up the Ohio State hat. He sat it back down with a little laugh and crammed the white Florida hat on his head.

K-State fans were hopeful he’d choose the Wildcats because his father, and Derby coach Brandon Clark played there.

But Goolsby’s dad insisted it was his son’s decision.

“I’ve known DeAndre since his freshman year when he came to Derby,” Clark said. “I’ve had the blessing to be able to coach him.… He came in as a tiny little pudgy boy, and he’s going out a 6-4, 6-5, 225-, 230-pound great athlete. It’s been fun to see him blossom on the football field.”