Goodman to visit Sun Devils

When his brother Devin Goodman was being pursued by Arizona State, Evan Goodman has naturally learned quite a bit about the Sun Devil program. Nonetheless, there is nothing like getting an in-person evaluation of a program recruiting you. Therefore, when incoming ASU freshman Devin will report to Tempe next month his brother will accompany him on the trip and take an unofficial visit to ASU.

Arizona State's recruitment of the 6-4 290 Evan Goodman naturally started at the same time twin brother, center Devin Goodman, was being pursued by the maroon and gold. The Lakeland (Fla.) offensive lineman is being recruited by ASU's running backs coach Bryce Erickson and Goodman who has more than a handful of offers from BCS schools stated that he is enjoying the recruiting process with the Sun Devils.

"Recruiting with Arizona State is going really good," Goodman said. "I like how coach Bryce is recruiting me because he's not calling me 24/7 and hitting me on Facebook like the other coaches do. I like that a lot about him. I really think my brother is going to a great area to live in and a great team. The weather there in Arizona is kind of like Florida but not humid.

"I like the way they run their offense and the coach said that there will be even more running with zone blocking this year. That's the type of offense we run at Lakeland so I feel comfortable with that, and that's good."

Goodman described himself as an offensive tackle who flies off the ball quickly and plays very aggressively. He said that he plans to shed around 10 pounds and get to his playing weight of last season (280 lbs.). The lineman reported weight room marks of 330 lbs. benching, 300 on the power clean and 450 lbs. squatting. Goodman was invited to this year's Under Armour All-American bowl.

Goodman is a four-star prospect ranked 20th in the nation among offensive tackles by Scout.com. Scott Kennedy, the network's Director of Scouting offered this evaluation of Goodman:

"While watching Goodman, the superlatives are easy to come up with," Kennedy said. "He fires off the ball quickly. He absolutely wants to bury the guy in front of him. His athleticism is reminiscent of a linebacker rather than an offensive lineman. He is quick enough to not only engage a blocker, but change his angle of contact and keep his defender constantly off balance. Needs to work on his hand placement as they tend to drop in pass protection."

It certainly has been a hectic recruiting process for Goodman who has offers from local programs such as Florida State, Miami and South Florida, as well as Auburn, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Marshall. The lineman knows that this is a once in a lifetime experience which helps him enjoy the process these days. Consequently, he plans to take most if not all of his official visits before making a decision.

"I want to concentrate on my senior season so I will make a decision after that," Goodman explained. "I know I will take an official visit to Arizona State, but not sure right now what other schools I will (officially) visit. I don't mind going to a school out of state like my brother did. You have to choose the program that you feel most comfortable with, and also be comfortable with the area, the coaches and the players.

"I just want to go to a good situation."

Goodman admitted that it has been a thrill to play with his brother in high school and he enjoyed the unspoken communication that he had with him which is vital among offensive linemen. Having said that, having an opportunity to line up with his brother at the next level as well won't be a significant factor in his ultimate decision.

"We are both adults and we may choose our different paths in life," Goodman remarked. "Playing together would be nice but I have to make the decision that is right for me. My brother has spoken very highly of Arizona State and he loves it out there so this is why I'm going to visit there and see it for myself."


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