Commitment Analysis: Malliciah Goodman

The first in a series of articles documenting Clemson's 2009 recruiting class.

DE Malliciah Goodman Profile (6-3.5/252)

The headliner of Clemson's 2009 recruiting class blew up during late spring and summer workouts in front of the staff, showing his tremendous upside and freakish frame. I was reluctant to rate Goodman too high until I saw better production on the field. While no doubt an absolute monster at combines and in drills, his junior season showed flashes of brilliance and occasional dominance, but Goodman disappeared for long stretches at a time and was inconsistent.

However, his senior season did a lot to erase these doubts. Despite missing time with injuries, Malliciah was unstoppable. He commanded double, even triple teams and often beat them. When he didn't directly blow up a play behind the line of scrimmage, he was in the backfield disrupting timing and forcing the action away from him. A physical presence, he has a ridiculous wing-span and even larger hands. Both of these will aid him in taking on blockers, keeping them off of his body, and ultimately shedding them. He has a large frame that will enable him to add another 15-20 lbs. with ease, and could possibly play even heavier than that.

Goodman is solid against the run and redirects better than any defensive lineman in the class. Is often found chasing plays down all the way across the field and will play sideline to sideline on every play. Not a great pass-rusher, he leaves a lot to be desired in the technical aspects of a speed rush and will play too high at times, losing leverage.

Malliciah Goodman is Scout.com's No. 11 defensive end in the country, even though he has yet to come close to tapping his full potential.
While he made great strides this year in playing faster during the games, still is sometimes slow off the snap and doesn't consistently show the same burst in game situations that he does in drills. He erased any questions of competition level with his showings in the Shrine Bowl and the U.S. Army All-American game. While he seemed to be decent in the practices leading up, once the pads were strapped tight and the lights went on, Malliciah showed why he is one of the best defensive end prospects in the nation. He was disruptive and spent more time in the offensive backfield than being blocked on plays that he was in on, commanding at least a tight end or a running back chip, if not a frank double team to aid some of the best blockers the nation has to offer.

In short, Goodman can be as good as he wants to be. He has an NFL frame, which with any decent weight program, will add much needed bulk and strength allowing a bull rush to complement his quickness. He has NFL talent that needs to be refined and polished with coaching.

The biggest question mark right now is if Malliciah will realize his potential? He doesn't shine during the drudgery of practice. If Goodman can learn to train with the same ferocity and intensity he displays on the bigger stages, he could leave Clemson as one of the most complete defensive ends to don the paw.

CUTigers Rating: Highest four-star available. He has five-star talent and potential, but he isn't the complete player that warrants a five-star yet. He would be in my next tier down. His upside at the position is matched only by fellow South Carolinian Sam Montgomery.

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