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August 24, 2014

Goldsmith is becoming a No. 1 prospect

Trinity Christian Class of 2016 standout Andrew Goldsmith is shy and quiet in a social setting, but when he takes the field everyone knows he's there.

The rising junior, who has just one year of varsity football experience, is looking forward to his junior season.

What is he looking forward to the most?

"Really just getting back on the field," Goldsmith said. "We've been working hard during the offseason."

The 5-11, 205-pounder wanted to work to better his tackling skills in the offseason and he feels like he accomplished just that.

Now, Goldsmith wants to continue to improve his pass blocking skills.

On Friday night in a 31-29 loss to St. George's, Goldsmith compiled 162 yards total offense, including 91 receiving. He showed his athleticism with touchdown catches of 52 and 25-yards from QB Kyle Akin.

Goldsmith and his teammates were 11 points shy of a state title berth last season and he feels that this year's team is better.

"Last year our defense wasn't as good and we've worked really hard on stopping the run and most of our offense is back," he said.

As a Sophomore, Goldsmith rushed for 947 yards and more than 8-yards per attempt. He added 261 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns total for the season.

Nevertheless, Goldsmith's aggressiveness and a nose for the ball at linebacker has been what college recruiters have noticed most about him.

In 2013, he recorded 104 tackles, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 2 QB sacks.

Goldsmith is starting to get attention from recruiters from Tennessee, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Memphis and Middle Tennessee State.

He said the colleges that have showed the most interest are Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Ohio State.

Goldsmith said the position he plays in college doesn't matter and he'll play anywhere he is asked. However, he is looking hard at where he will receive the most playing time.

In addition, relationships with the coaching staff are important to him.

Goldsmith switched his uniform number from No. 3 to No. 1 for this season.

Those in West Tennessee might remember the last Trinity Christian player to wear that number was QB Jabriel Washington, who now plays for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Goldsmith said he is good friends with Washington and called and asked him if he would object to the switch.



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