Landing A Goodman

Arkansas has moved to the front of the pack in the race to land Lakeland (FL) offensive lineman Evan Goodman (6-5, 300), who took his official visit to see the Razorback program last weekend and came away very impressed with what he found.

It's well-known that Arkansas would like to add at least one more big-time offensive lineman to its 2012 recruiting class.

Lakeland (FL) High prep star Evan Goodman (6-5, 300), who ranks as a four-star prospect and the 16th-best offensive tackle nationally, certainly fits the bill.

After last weekend's official visit to Arkansas, the Razorbacks – who had assistant Kris Cincovich in his home Monday - are in great shape.

"Arkansas is number one with me now, Arizona State number two and Nebraska number three," Goodman said. "Coach Cink came (Monday) and the O-line coach (Chris Klenakis) is coming next week."

Goodman, a soft commit to Arizona State who has also visited Notre Dame and Nebraska, was drawn to Arkansas because of the its tradition.

"It's the tradition," Goodman said of the reason for his interest in Arkansas. "I wanted to come here and see the tradition, the fans and the coaches and talked to the offensive line coach. And especially because it's in the SEC so it is the top players playing against the top talent every week."

Ironically, Arkansas was the favorite team of his dad growing up without any particular reason or proximity.

"My family are big Arkansas fans," Goodman said. "My dad is. He has always liked Arkansas every since he was little and playing high school."

He was hosted on his official visit by Knile Davis and offensive lineman Alvin Bailey.

Goodman's twin brother Devin is a freshman at Arizona State, which caused Evan to commit to the Sun Devils without even visiting.

He has since made the trip to Tempe –albeit head coach Dennis Erickson was fired after that and was replaced by Todd Graham.

"It went real good (at Arizona State)," Goodman said. "The new coach they have got know is pretty good. I don't know much about him, but everything he says sounds pretty good.

"You never know, though, so I just wanted to go check out this other schools and make sure I am not just going there because of Devin."

Devin would like Evan to end up at Arizona State, but isn't pushing him one way or the other.

"He doesn't mind at all," Goodman said. "He said if you don't want to go here, I am not going to make you go here. He said if you like this other school, then go there because I don't want you to be here for four years and not like it."

Goodman will likely make his decision soon, but not announce it publicly until the national signing date on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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