Sticking with two sports, for now

William 'Shaq' Goodwin is regarded as one of the top basketball prospects in the country. He is very talented on the hard-court and he could be just as good on the gridiron. He'll play both sports in 2011.

Scout ranks William Goodwin as the number six power forward in the country and the number 26 overall high school basketball prospect.

The 6-foot-7, 220 pound athlete has a long list of offers on play hoops on the next level, but he is not ready to give up on football just yet.

"I have people that tell me basketball is my sport and some say football is, so I just want to play both until I can't anymore," said Goodwin. "Some thought I would not play football this season, but I am. I love football, I stated playing that before I played basketball, and I am getting a lot of interest in that sport too."

Scout will release its state rankings this week and Goodwin will appear inside the top 30. He could be higher, but there are concerns that he will give up football all together on the next level.

For now though, the rangy tight end plans to play both and football coaches on the college level like the sound of that.

"I am not looking to give up football yet. My mom might like for me too, but I think I am pretty good at that sport. "A lot of coaches have told me I can play both sports in college and I am looking at those schools. Georgia, Memphis, UCLA, Alabama, and Florida are my top five schools right now and all of them have said I can play football and basketball for them. I like their style of play and I am looking at those schools."

Nick Marshall was a two-sport star out of Rochelle (GA) Wilcox County in 2011 and he had offers in both sports, but he chose to sign a football scholarship with Georgia with plans to play basketball on the next level as well.

Goodwin is this years Marshall and just as talented.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager. After less than three years, Simmons was moved to National Recruiting Analyst in July 2011.
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