Looking for a defensive back that can run, be physical, and hit you like a linebacker? If so, Zaviar Gooden might just be the recruit for you. At 6’2”, 205 pounds, Gooden has the body and the speed (4.45 40-yard dash) to help any Big XII program lock down opposing wide receivers. One problem though, he might be helping those same Big XII programs run through opposing defenses as a running back. Gooden could care less where he plays, as long as he’s playing.
“I don’t care where I play. I can play DB or in the backfield,” said Gooden. “I just want to play where I can get on the field quick.”
It’s that attitude, combined with his skill level that has Gooden adding to his list of programs that have offered everyday. A list that has consisted of Baylor, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Purdue Stanford, and Texas Tech. Now, some new programs have thrown their name in the mix.
Despite having a growing list of good programs, the Kansas Jayhawks have found a way to make an impression on the Texas prep.
“I really like Kansas. I see them getting better. Their defense is really good. I know they have a really good defensive back there. I certainly am interested in them. I plan on making a visit at the end of my season.”
While Kansas will have to wait until the end of Gooden’s high school football season, one Big XII school will only wait one more day before Gooden arrives on campus.
“I’ll be making my official visit to Missouri tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to hanging out with the team and seeing the crowd there.”
In fact, MU might have a leg up on the other programs in the hunt for Gooden.
“MU and OU are my favorites if I had to say right now.”
It is surprising that OU would be named as a favorite for Gooden, but if they offer, they will certainly get a visit from the Texas DB. A total of four visit look to be in the works if Gooden had to decide now. OU, if they offer, MU visit this weekend, KU after the season, and Texas Tech as well.
Gooden’s build and athleticism reminds me a lot of the Kansas DB, Aqib Talib. Gooden, like Talib, will likely be on the defensive side of the ball when he arrives at whichever program he chooses. His size, strength, ability to tackle, and his ability to be physical with receivers would be a great addition to the aggressive Jayhawks defense. His ability to run with the ball could allow him to, like Talib, see time on the offensive and special team’s side too.