"I am going to Auburn," the wide receiver from Washington High School tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. Goodwin adds that he also considered Georgia, Arkansas, Ole Miss and North Carolina plus others. He notes that he had offers from virtually every program in the SEC and ACC.
"I like Auburn's offense and the coaching staff," Goodwin says. "I just like the school period."
The 6-2, 180-pounder has been clocked at under 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash on multiple occasions and says his fastest time is a sizzling 4.35. He also is a good leaper with a best vertical jump of 40 inches.
The rising senior at Washington High says he is particularly impressed with Auburn's wide receivers coach, Trooper Taylor. "We talked a lot about how Auburn is looking for receivers," Goodwin says. "I like Coach Taylor a lot. He is a good person and I like his coaching style. He is just an all-around good person. I like Coach Chizik--he is a good person, too."
The receiver notes that he also likes Tracy Rocker, who recruits Washington High for the Tigers. "He is a pretty cool dude," the prospect says.
Goodwin points out that he has been very interested in the Tigers since taking a visit to get to know the coaches and learn more about the program in March. "That really opened my eyes," he says.
He visited Auburn this past weekend and was also on campus for other unofficial visits this year. He ran a 4.48-yard dash in wet and windy conditions at the Scout.com Combine in Atlanta this spring and was named to the event's Elite Eight All-Star Team.
Goodwin is a deep threat as a wide receiver.
The wide receiver says he carries a 2.9 grade point average going into his senior year of high school and scored 1,000 on his SAT. "I want to study communications in college," he says.
A three-year starter in football, he also plays free safety, cornerback and returns kicks. He is a sprinter in track who won the state title in the 200 meters with a time of 21.5 seconds as a sophomore. However, he pulled a muscle in the state meet prelims this year and couldn't run in the finals. His best time in the event is 21.4.
A versatile athlete, he also starts in basketball and says he averaged around a dozen points per game as a junior at small forward.
Goodwin notes that he likes Auburn's offensive system run by coordinator Gus Malzahn, whose teams put up big numbers the past two years at Tulsa. "The way it's set up he wants to get the ball to that go-to guy," Goodwin says. "They're going to score a lot. They're going to put points on the board."
Washington High was primarily a running team last season, but is expected to put the ball in the air more with a new QB transferring into the program, junior Jonathan Terry. "He is a good player," the receiver says. "He has a great attitude and a great arm. This summer we are working out hard together working on our timing."