Carroll running back Denzel Goolsby commits to Kansas State

06/25/2014 5:36 PM

06/26/2014 10:21 AM

With Kansas State, Kansas and Iowa State all extending scholarship offers within the last week, Denzel Goolsby faced a difficult decision.

At least it felt that way until the Bishop Carroll playmaker made a pros-and-cons list for all three football programs.

“I could not think of a single thing to put on the cons side for Kansas State,” Goolsby said. “With them, it isn’t a matter of what am I excited about? The question is more what am I not excited about? It’s a perfect fit. After Kansas State offered I knew it was the place for me.”

Goolsby orally committed to the Wildcats on Wednesday, announcing his decision on Twitter. He chose them over the Jayhawks and Cyclones as well as Illinois State and Northern Illinois. Rivals ranks the 5-foot-11 rising senior as a two-star prospect. He is the sixth known member of K-State’s 2015 recruiting class.

He will bring a family pedigree with him. Goolsby is related to two former K-State players. He is cousins with both Jarard Milo and Brian Goolsby.

“It is cool to carry on that family tradition,” Goolsby said. “But I am excited about the whole K-State atmosphere.”

Goolsby is listed as a running back on Bishop Carroll’s roster, but he also plays slot receiver and returns kicks. As a junior, he eclipsed 400 yards in three statistical categories. His position at K-State remains undecided.

“They recruited me as an athlete, so I’m not sure if I will end up at running back or wide receiver,” Goolsby said. “I played both at camps and Kansas State loved what I did as a receiver. They were excited. That only makes you more marketable and more of an offensive option when you can do a lot of different things.”

Bishop Carroll coach Alan Schuckman thinks Goolsby will become a playmaker at the college level.

“He is very versatile in what he does,” Schuckman said. “He is not just a quality running back, but a quality receiver. He was a guy we could put everywhere.

“But what will make him a good fit at Kansas State is what he does off the field. He is a tremendous leader and competitor. I can’t say enough about his character. He is a very special player. I am excited about his opportunity.”

K-State offered Goolsby a scholarship on Monday while he was driving to Kansas for a visit. That was shortly after Iowa State offered him a scholarship. So after Goolsby was done touring the Jayhawks’ facilities he traveled to Manhattan and gave the Wildcats a close-up look.

Then he made his decision.

“Kansas State has a great family atmosphere and a great football tradition,” Goolsby said. “I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

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