Offers Piling Up For Late Bloomer Prospect

This football prospect has a good idea why his stock is rising.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Interest in late-bloomer Richard Goodman continues to increase as the Feb. 2nd national signing day for football prospects grows closer.

The 6-1, 175-pound wide receiver from St. Thomas Aquinas High School says Auburn is his leader as his options on college choices continue to grow.

In addition to Auburn, the first college he visited before Christmas, his current list of official visits includes Mississippi State on Jan. 14th, North Carolina State on the 21st and Florida on the 28th and he has offers from Minnesota, Pitt, Purdue, Vandy and others.

Goodman says that he received a call from the staff at Florida State telling him they may be making him a scholarship offer next week and if that happens he is interested in checking out the Seminoles.

Richard Goodman

Goodman got an in-home visit on Wednesday night from Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville and two assistants. "Coach Tuberville, Coach (Eddie) Gran and Coach (Greg) Knox came in to see me," Goodman tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The visit went real good." Gran, the Auburn running backs coach, recruits in south Florida and Knox coaches receivers.

On Jan. 17th Goodman will represent St. Thomas Aquinas at the annual Dade-Broward All-Star Game and in the spring he will run on the St. Thomas Aquinas track team.

Going into his senior year the transfer from Dillard High, he was an unproven player. "I had to wait my turn and I came into the season as a hungry football player," he says. "I decided I wanted to be the best and to do that I would have to work 10 times harder than anybody else. Basically, it has paid off."

He says that he was discouraged early in the season when he didn't receive much recruiting attention, but notes the more he played the more college coaches began to notice.

"As the season went on things got better and I tried to take everything I caught to the house for a touchdown," he says." As we went into the playoffs recruiting got better and better for me."

Goodman has one more football game on the schedule before finishing his high school playing days. He will play in the Broward-Dade All-Star on Jan. 17th. He caught 40 passes for 501 yards and seven receiving touchdowns this past season and as a returner he had nearly 700 total yards and three touchdowns, including an 89-yard kickoff return for a score.

Goodman helped his team reach the state championship game where St. Thomas Aquinas finished as the runnerup to a powerful Lakeland High team.

He says that he likes Auburn's offensive system as well as the coaches and players he met on his official visit to check out the Tigers in December. "Auburn is leading right now due to the fact that it is the only school I have visited so far," Goodman says. "Everybody I am considering is really still out there because they are all offering me the same opportunity."

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