DeAndre Goolsby's words are forthright. The four-star tight end has always been this way. He speaks his mind. So when he reveals that his initial unofficial visit to Oklahoma didn't exactly wow him, he's not taking a potshot. He's just telling the truth.
Whatever the case, that's in the past. His second trip to Norman took place this weekend, and the result of this one was different. A lot different.
"I liked it a lot more this time," Goolsby said via text after retuning from Norman.
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It's not just talk, either. The Derby (Kan.) High School star means everything he says. In this case, he's using a return trip to back up his words. After his up-close look at the Sooners program over the weekend, Goolsby decided he wanted an encore. And with that, his first official visit has been booked.
"My first official visit will be (to Oklahoma) for the West Virginia game," he said.
So what made the difference? Why the change of heart? Goolsby isn't exactly certain. According to him, it was a combination of things.
"I don't really know what it was," Goolsby said. "I saw the finished dorms and I was around the coaches and players all day. I guess I just really liked the coaches and players. It was really cool down there."
Goolsby says he hopes to narrow his list in the near future. He is currently in the process of plotting destinations for the remainder of his official visits. For now, Oklahoma is the only team officially in the clear. His remaining four officials are uncertain. Arkansas, Ohio State and Florida are also likely destinations, but none of the three have been guaranteed an official visit.
"I hope to figure out a lot of it this week," Goolsby said of his travel itinerary.
The No. 5 tight end in the country and the No 171 overall prospect in his class, Goolsby is part of a Derby High team that averaged 42 points per game and amassed a 10-2 record a season ago.