Pitino offers '16 in-state prospect Goodin

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino evaluated Taylor County High School junior guard Quentin Goodin two weeks ago and obviously liked what he saw from the state's top prospect in the 2016 class. On Wednesday night, Pitino offered Goodin a scholarship prior to the Cardinals' game against Clemson.

Taylor County High School junior guard Quentin Goodin not only visited the University of Louisville on Wednesday night for the Clemson game but also got some good news.

Goodin told Cardinal Authority that in a meeting with U of L coach Rick Pitino prior to the game that he was offered a scholarship by the Hall of Fame coach.

Goodin called the offer "very special."

"I think just how he approached the situation made it feel better than all the other offers, and how he described it to me," Goodin said. "At first we were talking and he was talking about my game and how it has progressed since the summer and then he said my style fits the way they play and that the assistants like way I play.

"He said to me that in order for this to work I had to like them as much as they liked me and then he said, I am going to give you a scholarship offer. It was nice."

The 6-foot-4 Goodin is a four-star prospect said he would narrow his list in a few weeks. He's ranked as the No. 94 prospect in the '16 class by Scout.com.

Goodin said while his family is longtime U of L fans that he "smiled real big" about landing the offer because of Pitino.

"Just coming from a Hall of Fame coach, that made it special for me," he said.

After playing in the King of the Bluegrass last month at Fairdale, Goodin said Florida, Minnesota, Xavier, Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee and several others were among the schools recruiting him the hardest. He has offers from all of those except Ohio State.

Goodin, who is averaging 23 points a game this season, has been evaluated several times over the years by the U of L staff. The Cardinals hadn't been recruiting him as hard until assistant Kenny Johnson saw him earlier this season and then assistant coach Mike Balado and Pitino watched him in the KOB.

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