The Houston Cougars wrapped up their spring workouts for 2017 with their annual Red & White game on Saturday. As is usually the case, the event is a great opportunity to get as many recruits around the team and staff and continue to work on some of the top targets the Cougars have been recruiting.
One of the players the Cougars have made a priority this spring is Tyler (TX) John Tyler outside linebacker Dekalen Goodson. Goodson is no stranger to the Cougars and the Cougars are no stranger to John Tyler High School, where they have had a high level of success over the last six years going all the way back to the 2013 signing class when they landed Greg Ward Jr. and Tyus Bowser.
Since that class, the Cougars have continued to recruit John Tyler and continued to have success, adding Braylon Jones in the 2016 signing class and Bryson Smith in the most recent signing class. For Goodson, it is easy to see the connection that has developed between the two programs.
“It’s like a pipeline really,” the 6-foot-2, 205 pound defender told Cougar Digest. “To me, it’s kind of like if they can do it then I can do it.”
Goodson got to see some of those former John Tyler players while at Houston on Saturday for the spring game and he doesn’t hide his feelings for the Cougar program.
“It is kind of like a home feeling, kind of like going back home,” he said of his time spent with the Cougars. “I love Houston period, I like going up there because I like what they have to offer. I wouldn’t mind playing there in the future.”
Part of any recruiting visit is always some time with the staff and Goodson has built a good relationship thus far with both outside linebackers coach Dan Carrel and head coach Major Applewhite along with the rest of the staff.
“Coach Carrel is cool and laid back,” Goodson said. “I feel like I could talk to him about anything and I think he could coach me to where I want to be. Coach Applewhite is probably one of the most down to earth people I know. He is a great dude.”
With most colleges wrapping up their spring practices, it is time for Goodson and his Tyler teammates to begin their own spring workouts. Goodson will focus on that task at hand first and says he will be ready to make his verbal commitment.
“I’m really close right now,” he said. “After our spring ball I’ll have my decision made.”
Goodson says he continues to hear from those schools who have offered him in addition to Memphis, Texas Tech and UTSA.