Donminic Goosby has always dreamed about playing football at the next level. And when his friends and family pile into the Guthrie High School cafeteria on Wednesday at 10 a.m., he’ll make that dream a reality. The All-District linebacker will be signing his Letter of Intent to play college football at Grandview University in Des Moines, Iowa.
“At first I didn’t even know what Grandview was until my dad started looking into the background of the school,” Goosby said. “They invited me to a football camp up there and I got to see the city and everything that is around there and I just fell in love with it. I’ve been keeping up with them ever since.”
Grandview was one of the first schools to recruit Goosby. It was at the end of his junior season. He remembers how excited they were about him and that’s what drew him to the school.
“There were a couple of schools that reached out wanting me to come to camps or go on unofficial visits, but it seemed like I wasn’t a major priority for them,” Goosby said. “But with Grandview, they were just on me from the very start. It was basically Grandview the whole way for me.”
Grandview asked Goosby to come eight hours northeast for an official visit. He knew if they were to offer him a scholarship, he’d commit on the spot. Donminic didn’t have to wait very long. Grandview offered him before he could start the journey to Des Moines.
“The day before I left, they called and offered to pay 73 percent of my school,” Goosby said. “I had the call on speaker phone and when they said they’d pay for 73 percent of my scholarship, my dad was standing right next to me and he just covered his mouth. I went into the kitchen and told my mom and she couldn’t believe it. She almost started crying.
“It was such a good feeling to have that moment. To have Grandview willing to invest so much on an incoming freshman from eight hours away, that was really exciting to my parents. They couldn’t be happier that a school is investing in me to play ball.”
Donminic gave Grandview a verbal commitment on the spot. Shortly after his official visit, Goosby posted his commitment on social media. Word of mouth started to spread and then Donminic’s phone rang early Monday morning. It was Guthrie Head Coach Kelly Beeby.
“I never told the coaches anything about Iowa or Grandview,” Goosby said. “Then after I committed, Coach Beeby called me at 8 a.m. in the morning and was asking me what all this talk about Iowa was. I told him that I committed to Grandview and it sounded like Coach Beeby was going to put the phone down, do a little dance, and pick the phone back up. All I could hear was him yelling. He just kept telling me that Grandview got a good one.”
Goosby finished his senior season with 84 total tackles, three sacks, 11 tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown that helped seal a victory for the Bluejays. Those stats were good enough to land him All-District honors and a scholarship. But that’s all in the past. Donminic doesn’t want to hear about that because for him, the work is just now starting.
“It feels great to be recruited and to be going to the next level, but the work doesn’t stop now,” Goosby said. “I can be relieved signing day is here, but after that, it’s time to get to working on something. It’s like starting over from high school all over again. I’m going to have to work my way up.”
On Wednesday, when Donminic signs his Letter of Intent, he’ll have a lot of people to thank. He’ll thank his teammates, his coaches, and his friends. But he says his parents deserve the most recognition and gratitude.
“I just want to thank my parents so much for everything,” Goosby said. “Some parents have their kids do everything or have the coaches take care of everything. My parents asked me if I wanted to play college ball and after that, they just helped me without a second guess. I look back at those emails they had me write and those letters to colleges, and I’m just thankful to have parents like that. I am so thankful that they cared so much about me to help me fulfill my dream.”