Goodman's Big Spring

The Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) safety, Tahaan Goodman, is one of the top prospects in the West and he's already setting up visits for the fall, including a monster SEC clash he'll see...

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) safety Tahaan Goodman (6-2.5, 190), has emerged as one of the premier safeties in the class of 2013, a top five player at his position and a Scout Top 50 member.

But what hasn't emerged for Goodman is a leader from his 20+ offers.

"I'm still really wide open," said Goodman. "I'm going to take all five official visits and it might not be until closer to the Army Bowl or even Signing Day that I'll decide. I've got a lot of time to decide."

He's also got plenty of schools to choose from, with offers that span the country. Goodman has visited four Pac-12 schools unofficially, then will take five official visits come fall, likely to new schools, before he comes to a decision.

"I've been to UCLA, USC, Cal and Arizona State already," said Goodman. "I don't know if I'll visit those schools officially though. I want to visit some of the other schools instead."

One school that Goodman is already set to visit officially is LSU, heading to Baton Rouge when the Tigers host Alabama in a rematch of the BCS National Championship Game.

"I'm going to LSU when they play Alabama and I can't wait for that, it's going to be crazy there," said Goodman.

Goodman will be joined on his visit to the Bayou by fellow top 50 prospect, and B2G teammate, Priest Willis. Another B2G teammate, and his Rancho Cucamonga teammate, Chris Hawkins, has already committed to USC.

So naturally, the talk of a package deal comes up often with Goodman.

"We're all going to choose the best school for ourselves," said Goodman. "Me and Chris aren't really a package deal, because he's already committed, so we wouldn't be a package deal because I haven't decided yet. But Priest and I are always talking about being a package deal. But I'm going to pick the best school for me."

This spring, he was at UCLA's Spring Game and took in practices at USC and UCLA.

"I like both those schools a lot, they're close to home and I really like the coaches at UCLA and USC," said Goodman.

Goodman said that the attention he's receiving from around the country has been enjoyable and he knows he's a top target for several schools, but said no school is recruiting him any harder than the other.

"I'd say a lot of them, all of them really, are recruiting me the hardest," said Goodman. "We had a lot of schools come by during the spring, and I know I've talked the most with UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Tennessee and Oregon."

And the process has at time, been more than he expected.

"It was definitely overwhelming during the spring, always talking with coaches, always having messages, and being really busy, but it's still a pretty fun process," said Goodman.

Goodman said two other schools he's fairly certain he'll visit are Oklahoma and Hawaii, and the other two, he'll decide on closer to the fall.

In the meantime, he's preparing for a busy summer, that while there is no plans for any college camps, will keep him pretty active, going to The Opening, Gridiron Kings and the B2G Elite Camp as well as 7on7 with Rancho Cucamonga.

He's looking forward to participating at The Opening, and said that he's already ready for one key aspect of the competition in Beaverton: Playing NCAA Football against the other prospects there.

"I play NCAA Football all the time, and I think I'm one of the best players there is and so I'm ready to take on anyone there," said Goodman. "They haven't seen a player like me play this game. I've got my team that I play with, I play with Cal, and I've always got a couple of picks each game. I'll take anyone on."

Goodman is also looking forward to a much more real version of football, this fall, when the Cougars look to live up to a preseason top 10 ranking in California, and a schedule that sees them play Redlands and four-star running back Craig Lee, traditional state power Anaheim Servite and then the competitive Baseline League.

"We've got a nice schedule and a good defense that is ready to do some work this year," said Goodman, about his team that made the CIF-SS Inland Division Semifinals last fall. "I can't wait to put the pads back on."

Brandon is in his eighth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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