Jordan Goodwin has been a busy guy the past few weeks.
The Class of 2017 four-star small forward from Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, Ill., made a couple unofficial visits, picked up his first scholarship offer for football and then helped finish off a 32-2 season by leading the Crusaders to their first state championship.
That title meant even more after going to state in football and basketball and not coming home with the hardware, Goodwin said.
“Especially losing basketball state and football state, I put it on my back — especially losing last year in basketball to St. Joe’s and having a chance to play them in the semifinals,” he said. “It just kept us greedy all year. We got the win, the state win, this year but I know my dogs are still hungry for next year. Two is better than one.”
St. Joseph beat Althoff 67-63 in the state championship game a year ago. This time, Althoff earned a 66-62 victory in the semifinals.
In the Class 3A championship game, Althoff beat Lincoln-Way West 62-37 with Goodwin showing off his versatile all-around game with 19 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Goodwin, who is playing with the St. Louis Eagles’ 17U team this summer, has already attracted scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Purdue and Saint Louis among others.
He visited Missouri for the Tigers’ final game of the season against Florida and liked what he saw from Coach Kim Anderson’s group.
“I think they are definitely in the rebuilding stage, but the offense that they are running, I think it’s a good offense and I play well in the offense,” Goodwin said. “Coach (Anderson) seems like he lets the guys play, shoot their shots and there’s really no containment over them. So that’s probably a good thing.”
Not long after his trip to Missouri, Goodwin made a trip with his football teammates to Iowa's Junior Day and received his first scholarship offer for football.
That has added another wrinkle to his recruitment — whether he wants to play basketball or football at the next level.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Goodwin played wide receiver for Althoff’s 13-1 squad last fall and caught 42 passes for 511 yards and three touchdowns.
“I think it’s just going to be a decision that me and my parents make — which one is probably the best fit for me and which one I could possibly go further in in life,” Goodwin said. “I’m probably going to look to a school that’s going to teach me how to be a man instead of just being a basketball player. My dad is really big on that.”
Or he could possibly try to play both sports in college, since he currently has scholarship offers for both from the Hawkeyes.
“Both of the coaches said it’s a possibility,” Goodwin said. “They said that it would probably be only half of the season for basketball, but that’s probably like 30 games still. So I could play the whole football season and catch up for half the basketball season.”
It’s obvious Goodwin will have some difficult decisions to make and his play with the St. Louis Eagles this spring and summer will likely lead to more scholarship offers for basketball.