Jayhawks lead for Texas DE

When your goals for the upcoming season include making an All-America team, leading the league in sacks, and getting even more offers, you know you are a highly recruited Texas football player.

Such is the case with Beaumont, Texas product Ben Goodman, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end in the Class of 2011.

"I have 10 offers on the table and I am hearing from 5 more at this point," Goodman said.

Of all the schools to have come calling on the West Brook High School, a small group is moving to the front of the pack, including the Kansas Jayhawks – who currently hold a slight lead in his recruitment.

But what about the program has helped Kansas stand out among the crowd?

"I really like (defensive line) Coach Buddy Wyatt," Goodman explained. "I always call him and have fun talking with him. He is an easy guy to chat with, and he has a likeable personality. I am for sure wanting to take an official visit to Lawrence, and I will make it out to California too."

Goodman is looking for some specific things in his future school, including a quality education and a winning program – preferably one where he can get the chance to earn some early playing time.

What is it that has gotten the attention of so many coaches across the country about the d-end's playing ability?

"I have intelligence and I am very quick," he said. "I can really make a difference when it comes to pass rushing the QB. I wouldn't want to be back there when I am lining up across from you."

Goodman recorded 69 tackles, 7 sacks, and even picked off a pass last year. He will likely wait until next season to make a decision, and he several schools will be holding their breath.

"Making it out to the schools I am interested in should help me make a choice pretty fast," he said.

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