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FSU signee Goolsby shifts gears, will play JUCO baseball

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Florida State wide receiver signee Maurice Goolsby has opted instead to pursue baseball, he posted on Twitter on Thursday morning.

Goolsby, a 247Sports three-star prospect from Dunnellon, posted that he “will be taking a different route and that route being baseball.”

Luke Stampini of 247Sports reported that Goolsby would be attending St. Johns River State College.

“I want everyone to know this was not an easy decision for me and my family,” Goolsby posted. “I want to thank coach Taggart for giving me the opportunity to play football at the prestigious Florida State University but with that being said I will be finding a new home for the next 4 years and best of luck to Florida State and my Tribe19 Brothers it’s all love and please respect me and my decision.”

Goolsby signed with FSU in December, passing up offers from the likes of Florida and Auburn. He was set to arrive on campus this month.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Goolsby caught 17 passes for 345 yards in eight games for Dunnellon in 2018. He also played basketball and baseball in high school.

Goolsby was the only receiver signee in the 2019 class. FSU is deep at the position, featuring a rising star like Tamorrion Terry and D.J. Matthews is coming off a spring in which he was praised by coach Willie Taggart for being one of the Seminoles’ most improved players. Warren Thompson, Keyshawn Helton, Tre’Shaun Harrison and D’Marcus Adams were part of the 2018 receiver class.

Where Goolsby’s decision will likely hurt FSU is in the future as depth could be thinned out after 2019, especially if Terry or Matthews leave early for the NFL Draft.

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