Goodwin breaks down recruitment

Archie Goodwin is getting ready to start the official visit process. He will take all five trips and then likely wait until the spring for a decision.

Since the July evaluation periods ended, a number of the nation's top players have offered up verbal commitments to their future schools.

But Archie Goodwin isn't in the same rush as some of his peers.

Goodwin, a standout at Sylvan Hills (Ark.) High, has intentions of taking all five of his official visits, examining the schools involved and then likely making a decision in the spring.

"That's most likely what I want to do," Goodwin told Scout.com.

"I might say probably by the end of the school season or maybe midway through, it just depends how I feel after I talk to my family," he said about making his college choice.

Although he isn't rushing a decision, Goodwin has narrowed his list to five schools – Arkansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Kansas and Connecticut.

"It's going really good," he said about the process. "I finally got it down to five. I'm going to take those five official visits on the days that I have set."

"There's no question I'm going to take all five [visits]," he added.

The visit process will begin for Goodwin the weekend of September 24th when he visits with Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks.

"Kansas has a lot of tradition and a great coaching staff," he said. "They've had a lot of great players come in. It just seems like a perfect fit for a player who wants to win and get to the next level."

The very next weekend Goodwin will head to Storrs (Conn.) to check out what Connecticut has to offer.

"UConn just came off a national championship win," Goodwin said about the Huskies. "They have a great coach and coaching staff and they have had great guards. They are steadily improving every year."

After a weekend at home, Goodwin will go to the in-state school – Arkansas – the weekend of October 8th. Goodwin said he likes the direction the Arkansas program.

"Arkansas is my home state," he said. "They have a great coach there now. They are in the SEC and I just feel they are an improving program."

A week after the Arkansas visit, the highly touted shooting guard will take in Kentucky's Big Blue Madness.

"Coach Cal is one of the best at getting guards to the league," he said. "They have a great coaching staff and it's a great school. If I'm not mistaken they've won the most SEC championships. Their fan base is crazy and shows so much support."

Then the weekend of October 22nd, Goodwin will take his final official visit to Memphis. Goodwin likes the fact that the Tigers aren't too far from home.

"Memphis isn't far away from me," Goodwin said. "They have a great young coach and they have a lot of great players going there. They are steadily improving and building their program up. They have Luke Walton and Damon Stoudamire on that staff now too."

Goodwin said he's heading into the visits with an open mind and said no one leads at this point.

"I wouldn't say that just because I don't want people to think I'm leaning one way or another," Goodwin said. "I want people to think I'm giving everyone a fair chance. After my officials, I'll see which ones I like the most."

Goodwin current ranks at the No. 3 shooting guard and the No. 13 overall prospect in the 2012 class.


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