Daryl Gooden was just looking for an opportunity. The 6’1, 180-lb receiver from Ann Arbor Huron got one when he went to the Michigan summer camp last July. It was there that Gooden, then between his sophomore and junior season, caught the eye of many in attendance.
”Last year I had a good camp,” Gooden said. “I had a lot of people looking at me then.”
The camp was also a chance for the Huron product to catch passes from a future
Wolverine, QB Ryan Mallett.
”He has a great arm,” marveled Gooden, adding, “he seems like a real cool guy too.”
That camp was one of the first times for Gooden to really show what he could
do out there. Playing for team that relies primarily on its running attack,
his junior numbers (20 receptions for 500 yards and a TD) don’t necessarily
reflect his ability.
”I have to go to camps to show my skills because we don’t really pass a lot," he explained.
While he has yet to receive any scholarship offers, Gooden has gotten heavy interest from Central Michigan as well as contact with Michigan and Ohio State. He is unsure of his camp plans but wants to attend the NIKE camp in Columbus, Ohio. Gooden also would like to make a return trip to the Michigan summer camp, a trip that won’t be tough for him to make.
”It’s like 5 minutes away," he said
It's short trip to embark, on but the potential payoff is huge. This time around Gooden won’t be coming in without expectations. With a repeat performance of last year’s showing and maybe, just maybe, the Huron offense will be forced to open it up a little more in the fall.