Goodwin Says He's Still Firm With the Tigers

An Auburn football recruiting report features comments from Antonio Goodwin.

Atlanta, Ga.--Wide receiver Antonio Goodwin committed to Auburn on July 23 prior to his senior season at Washington High School, but that doesn't mean Gene Chizik and his coaching staff have been able to relax while recruiting the Scout.com four-star wide receiver.

The latest chapter in the courtship of Goodwin took place at Auburn this weekend as the 6-1, 180-pounder took an official visit to check out the Tigers.

On Sunday, after wrapping up his trip to check out the Tigers, Goodwin said, "I have got my mind made up. Auburn is where I am going."

Goodwin added that his decision is firm even though he still plans to take an official visit to check out the West Virginia Mountaineers on Jan. 15th.

The receiver arrived in Auburn on Friday night and stayed through Sunday afternoon. "My favorite part of the visit was being around the team," he said. "They made me feel like I was already a part of the team."

Goodwin drove to Auburn with his mother, his stepfather and stepbrother. "They really liked the visit," he said of his family.

"My mom is really happy," the receiver noted. "She is excited about the situation and about Auburn period."

Goodwin noted that Auburn sophomore wide receiver Darvin Adams was his player host and he hung out with two fellow Auburn verbal commitments from the Atlanta area, Shaun Kitchens and Demetruce McNeal from Banneker High. Kitchens said that he has a good relationship with Goodwin and believes that the receiver will sign with the Tigers in February like he pledged to do in the summer.

Antonio Goodwin

Goodwin took an unofficial visit to check out the Georgia Bulldogs in November as they played Kentucky and Goodwin and his coaches at Wshington High noted that the wide receiver wanted to check out other colleges. However, Goodwin said on Sunday to look for him to sign with the Tigers in February.

"I still feel good about my commitment," he said. "I am planning to go to Auburn."

Goodwin spent time on Wednesday with Auburn wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor and re-confirmed his commitment to the Tigers that day. He added that he enjoyed spending more time with the coach this weekend. "He is really cool, he's nice and he is fun to be around," Goodwin noted of Taylor, who also serves as Chizik's assistant head coach.

Commenting on what he did this weekend at Auburn, Goodwin said, "I chilled with the players. They took us out and showed us a good time and I chilled with the coaches."

On Saturday afternoon he attended practice and on Saturday night he went to the team's awards banquet. "I really enjoyed that banquet,"?he said. "It was really good.

"Before that I watched practice," he said. "Being around the wide receiver position, it was really competitive. I liked how they practiced. I didn't see any drops out there. I liked that and I want to play that way, too."

Goodwin said that the Auburn coaches told him they need him to bolster the wide receivers corps for the 2010 season and told him that he will have an excellent chance to contribute as a freshman. "I am excited about coming to Auburn," he said.

The receiver said that he gained more than 800 yards and scored seven touchdowns as a senior in Washington High's ground-oriented offensive system.


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