Goodman follows in twin brother's footsteps

It is quite rare for a prospect, let alone a highly rated one such as Evan Goodman, to pledge to a school sight unseen. However, through his twin brother Devin Goodman, an ASU freshman, the offensive lineman naturally learned a great deal about the Sun Devils. Ultimately reuniting with his brother was a significant factor, but not the only one that drove Goodman to commit to the maroon and gold.

"Arizona State was my number one school," said the 6-4 290 pound Evan Goodman. "I knew that they had like just six scholarships to give out and I wanted to go there instead of going to my second (choice). "I really like Arizona State and I enjoy talking to the coaches. I think I could be really successful there and I know the coaches there will help me a lot and let me improve. My brother factored into my decision some but this was me too and this was my decision.

"I feel really good right now. I'm ready to get out there. "I feel really relieved to get this off my chest. I am ready to start my senior season and not have to worry about my decision and all that. It feels good to just focus on football."

Goodman, a four-star prospect rated by as the nation's 17th best offensive tackle in the 2012 class, is the Sun Devils 21st verbal commit of the 2012 class. Not only is this a school recruit record, but it also represents one the largest classes to ever be assembled anywhere in recent years by August 1st.

Naturally, the numerous Sun Devil commits have been impressed by several factors en route to their decision. Thus, Goodman reiterated that his brother's presence at ASU was far from being the main factor that led him to his decision tonight.

"They have the most commits in the Pac-12 and they have a great team," Goodman explained. "They have 8-9 starters returning each on offense and defense. They have one of the best linebackers in the country (Vontaze Burfict).

"I really think I can be successful there."

Ironically, Devin Goodman arrived in Tempe just this past Friday and will begin fall practice tomorrow. Evan Goodman was originally supposed to join Devin on his trip and take an unofficial to Arizona State in the process, but had to stay back home in Lakeland to finish up his summer school studies.

Goodman, who is scheduled to graduate in December and was invited to this year's Under Armour All-American bowl, said that he plans to officially visit Tempe during his bye week (which is October 28th according Lakeland's website), but said that he plans to take other visits this year.

"I am going to Florida State this weekend to check them out again," Goodman said. "I am going to Auburn when they play Florida for an official. Auburn offered me first so they are really special to me. Notre Dame will be another official visit that I'm excited about. I just love the tradition there.

"I also want to schedule an official to Nebraska. They have such a big history of offensive linemen and I want to visit for sure."

The lineman said that he was excited to play in an ASU offense that was similar is some ways to his high school's and felt that he has the attributes to excel in such a scheme.

"The coaches said they like how athletic I am," Goodman commented. "They also said that I get to the second level (linebackers) very really quick, and that I come off the ball really quick."

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."

Goodman said that his twin brother has been raving about Tempe ever since he arrived there a few days ago preparing to launch his own Sun Devil career.

"He loves it there," Goodman said. "He said the players are really cool, the coaches treat him very well. Everything is really nice there and he likes it there a lot.

"I can't wait to get down there and play with my brother. I don't want to stop playing with him. We both play better when we both play together."

Laura McKeeman contributed to this story

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