There's little question who the top player in Montana will be next year. Jason Goodman, a 6-foot-5, 240 pound tight end from Great Falls. Russell may have been the state's top player this year and is one of the best players at his position on the entire West Coast.
Goodman is a two time Student Sports All-American, earning Junior All-American honors last season. The tight end has exceptionable hands, quick feet and the speed to get down the field and make plays. He caught 33 balls for 509 yards and six touchdowns for a team that went 13-0 and won a state championship.
Along with his exploits at tight end, Goodman also earned All-State honors as a punter and is receiving interest in basketball as well after earning first team All-State honors in hoops for the second straight year after earning second team All-State as a freshman.
Goodman is already hearing from just about every major power in the country and could be the school's most heralded recruit since a strong armed signal caller by the name of Ryan Leaf.
All of the Pac 10 schools, plus Nebraska, Michigan, Tennessee, Penn State, Colorado, Colorado State, LSU, Kansas State and Texas A&M, are on the gifted athlete.
"Washington would be my top school right now followed by Washington State, Nebraska, Oregon and UCLA," Goodman said. "No one has offered yet but it's always been a goal of mine to earn a football scholarship somewhere and then graduate with a business degree. I would like to take football as far as I can though."
We're guessing the offers will roll in soon for Goodman who looks like the state's best prospect since another tight end, Mark Anderson (Stanford) came out three years ago. Goodman will attend the Nike Camp in Boulder, Colo., May 11 and is still undecided about the rest of his summer camp plans.