Speedy 6-1, 175 Richard Goodman from St. Thomas Aquinas High had a very good year in helping his team reach the state championship game before losing to the Lakeland Dreadnaughts in the finals. That has helped him garner the attention of quality football teams in the South and Midwest and he's narrowed his choices down to just four schools heading into the Christmas Holidays.
"I'm looking at Auburn, Florida, N.C. State and Purdue," Goodman tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Basically that's my top four and I have offers from all of them. I am going to visit Auburn this weekend and I'm going to Florida on Jan. 14 and N.C. State on Jan. 21.
"Auburn is a great program," he adds. "They are a real competitive program and real organized in what they do. I came to camp my sophomore year and they were real competitive. I like their coaching staff. They are very aggressive and really get after it. They are real disciplined and that's what I like. It's the type of place you could feel at home. Just by talking to the coaches the team really looks like they're together."
In his first year as a starter after playing sparingly as a junior, Goodman excelled on the outside at receiver and as a kick returner. He caught 40 passes for 501 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. As a returner he had nearly 700 total return yards and three touchdowns, including an 89-yard kickoff return for a score.
Goodman played his first two years at Dillard High before transferring to St. Thomas. He says that being familiar with players like Stanley McClover and other Auburn standouts from Ft. Lauderdale makes the Tigers an attractive school when making a decision down the road.
"If I decide to go to Auburn, knowing that I have people from around the area there would have a lot of impact," Goodman says. "They can relate to any situation I have as far as environment because they've been there. They can show me the ropes and tell me how different it is from home and why it's different up there."
A solid student with a 2.7 GPA and awaiting the results of his test, Goodman says that he's looking for a school where he can do something in his field of choice, sports.
"I just want to make sure they have something I want to major and how early I'll be able to play," Goodman says. "I want to major in anything to do with sports like Sports Medicine or Sports Broadcasting, anything like that."