Goodman Talks Top Three

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- Four-star safety Tahaan Goodman goes in-depth about his top three schools, official visit plans and much more. Look inside for the latest on the talented defensive back...

It has been an exciting week for the Rancho Cucamonga football program with two of their top players, Tahaan Goodman and Chris Hawkins, accepting invitations to play in the U.S. Army Bowl on Monday, and a playoff game against Corona (Calif.) Santiago on Friday.

"It's a great honor to be in this game and to know that there is only a select few that get to be in it," Tahaan Goodman said of the Army Bowl. "Also, just knowing all that the Army does for the U.S., so just to give back to the community and be able to represent Rancho (Cucamonga) is really great."

The selection ceremony that took place on campus, in front of teammates, family and friends, marked the achievement of a major goal for the talented defensive back.

"Just this past year, before I got invited into the game and before I was highly recruited I got really into this game," Goodman said. "This game was one of my goals."

Another goal that Goodman set long ago was to get a college scholarship, and the four-star safety now has several schools vying for his services with USC, UCLA and LSU currently being his top three.

Four-star safety Tahaan Goodman.
So what make that trio so attractive?

USC: "I like the fact that it's a private school and it has a great business and communications program. The coaches are good. I know that Marvin Sanders is a good coach. I think being there with a lot of good players will help strengthen my abilities and help me go to the NFL."

Goodman also has close ties to a handful of players on the USC roster.

"I see myself fitting in well with the players. I know a lot of them personally like Randall (Telfer) who went to my school, and Kevon Seymour, because I grew up in Pasadena. It's players that I knew before they went there like Devian Shelton, and I have a connection with a lot of them. To have a long connection like that with the defense is great."

UCLA: "I have a lot of opportunities to strive in my academics. It's a hard school so I know they could teach me even more off the football field. They are doing good and they need help, so I think I could go in there, start, and could really make a difference and help turn it around. I feel that they are on the rise."

UCLA is off to a fast start under new head coach Jim Mora and Goodman likes what he sees from the new regime.

"I have seen a few of their games and their defensive backs have had a lot of chances at interceptions, and whether they are catching them or not, they are in the right spot," he explained. "That shows that the coaches are putting them in spots to make plays."

LSU: "I don't know too much about it, but I know that it's big boy football over there. Just like with USC, you can play against good receivers that make you better. I have a lot of family that live there and I could experience a whole new life."

Goodman plans to take all five of his official visits before announcing his college choice. USC, LSU and UCLA will definitely get trips, with the last two visits still to be determined.

"Right now I know that I am taking officials to USC, UCLA and LSU," said Goodman, who plans to visit UCLA when they face USC. "Other than that I have to figure out my last two officials. It could be anywhere from Washington to Texas A&M to Oklahoma. I don't know yet.

"I want to take my five so I can match them all to each other."

Chris Hawkins and Tahaan Goodman at their Army All-American selection ceremony.

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