Goodman wants to feel real campus vibe

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) safety Tahaan Goodman makes it a point to interact with players, students to get a sense of what campus life is really like.

LAS VEGAS – The stadium, weight room and academic support center are all standard stops on a recruit's tour. That's all well and good, but Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) safety Tahaan Goodman makes it a point to do more than merely see the sights.

He wants to find out what campus life is really like.

"It's very important," Goodman said during the New Level Elite 7-on-7 Tournament at UNLV this past weekend. "I talk to at least five of the players, a lot of the students and just try to see how they feel about the school because they have been going there. That's the best way to find out."

That approach helped California make a definite impression on the four-star prospect during the Golden Bears' Junior Day last month.

"I like Cal a lot because I went there," Goodman said. "It was a beautiful campus. I liked the students. I talked to them and I talked to the players. They really liked it a lot. I talked to the coaches and I liked them and they were really excited to have me there. It made me feel good. I like the vibe."

And while he certainly enjoyed the renovated Memorial Stadium and new football complex, Goodman said it was the interaction he had with Cal secondary coach Ashley Ambrose that left the biggest impression.

"Coach Ambrose, we talked one-on-one and I just liked what he was telling me. Everything that he said it sounded good. And he was genuine and honest," Goodman said.

While the Bears impressed, Goodman was quick to point out he is still early in his evaluation process.

"I still have a ways to go," he said. "I've been liking a lot of schools though. I have been doing a lot of research, checking them out."

That will include making as many unofficial visits as possible.

"I want to get to as many schools as possible. Anytime I can catch a ride with one of my teammates or just find a way to get there, I'll try my hardest to make it," Goodman said.

Already holding scholarships from most of the Pac-12 along with the likes Boise State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, Goodman recently added offers from Utah and Hawaii.

"I do like those schools," he said. "I've liked Hawaii for a while. And the Utah coach, I really like him. I just want to check the schools out and see what they have to offer me."

Goodman identified Hawaii as a school he would like to visit officially, while also pointing to Florida as another option.

"Those are two schools that I really liked when I was growing up. Other than that, I don't know. Maybe Washington," he said.

On the field, Goodman patterns his style on a combination of Troy Polamalu, Deion Sanders and Taylor Mays. He credits working with B2G with his development into a more well rounded player.

"Just as far as speed and agility, it has done wonders," said Goodman, who plays on the B2G Five Stars 7-on-7 team. "I have got a lot better and a lot faster just because of all of these drills I have to do. Going against the great competition helps me get better."


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