Football or Basketball? Jordan Goodwin Has Power 5 Options In Both

Belleville (Ill.) prospect Jordan Goodwin is a Top-100 recruit on the hardwood, but Power 5 schools are now vying for his services on the gridiron. Could he play both at the next level?

Already regarded as one of the toughest wings in the 2017 class, Belleville (Ill.) Top-100 prospect Jordan Goodwin might also be one of the most athletic. 

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete is regarded as the No. 74 overall basketball prospect in the 2017 class, including the 16th-best small forward, and his more than a dozen offers from major programs shows as much. Goodwin’s four football offers, including two from Power 5 programs, make him a rarity. 

“As of right now I’m just taking it in,” Goodwin said. “I’m just blocking everything out, I’m not trying to put all that in my head [that] I’m getting recruited in both. I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to have a chance to play both or either/or sport. I’m just taking it one day at a time and working hard on both of my games.” 

Goodwin’s basketball stature, which includes offers from the likes of Texas, Michigan State, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State and a host of others, has mostly overshadowed his football game. His gridiron recruiting profile has mostly flown under the radar, but coaches have taken notice this spring. 

Iowa became his first dual offer in March and when Iowa State tight ends coach Alex Golesh saw him Tuesday, the Cyclones quickly offered him at tight end.

“The message was that they know I’m a good basketball player and they know I’m a good football player,” Goodwin said. “What they want to do is, the football program knows I can play both, so they want to give me the opportunity to show my talent in basketball and football. Even if I don’t play football or basketball, they want me to come to Iowa State is basically what they told me.” 

Steve Prohm and Co. would certainly like that too. Goodwin’s Iowa State offer on the hardwood came in April at the end of the spring evaluation period. Given his versatility, Iowa State thinks Goodwin could play anywhere.

Prohm has been the main recruiter and has communicated with Goodwin almost daily in the last month since the offer went out. 

“Coach Prohm, he tells me that he likes my game. He said I’m aggressive, I’m a big guard and he sees me playing the three, the two or the one... or the four or the five,” Goodwin said. “They’re just going to throw me out there as a freshman.”

Goodwin had hoped to narrow his list shortly after Memorial Day, but with that deadline fast approaching he’s now planning to take more time. The likely plan is to narrow his list this summer before the July evaluation period. 

Summer trips are also in the works, but no schools currently stand out, he said, and he hasn’t determined which schools might get visits.

For now, he must determine if he’ll stick to one sport or attempt to play two. 

“It’s possible [to do both], but it’s going to be a lot of wear and tear on my body,” Goodwin said of playing football and basketball in college. “I’m doing it now in high school. I know college is next level, but as far as right now, I’m in good shape. I do a good job of taking care of my body so it’s very possible.”


The Scouting Report

Goodwin: “I’ve got a tight end body. In high school I play tight end/wide receiver. They told me I’m a good, physical player, I can block, catch the ball, I can run and I’m quick for my position. That’s pretty much what they’re telling me. I’m aggressive, I’m physical and I want to win. I hate losing. I lost two state championships — one in football, one in basketball — so I know how it feels to lose.”

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