QB Goddard Commits to Southern Illinois

St. Louis area Class of 2017 quarterback makes verbal commitment to Southern Illinois.

Kirkwood (Mo.) High School rising senior quarterback Reece Goddard made a verbal commitment to Southern Illinois on Monday. 

Goddard, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder, picked the Salukis over Eastern Michigan and Illinois State, among others.

“A lot of things contributed to it,” Goddard said of his decision, “but the biggest things were Coach Nick Hill and his experience at quarterback and how young he is and how close Southern is to home was also a big plus.”

Hill, who was SIU’s starting quarterback in 2006 and 2007, is entering his first season as the Salukis’ head coach in 2016 after being promoted from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. 

Goddard led Kirkwood to an 11-2 record in 2015. He completed 49.8 percent of his passes for 1,878 yards, with 17 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, and also ran for 950 yards and 13 scores.

As a sophomore, in 2014, Goddard completed 15-of-23 passes (65.2 percent) for 239 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions, but ran for 402 yards and 15 touchdowns. 

How will Goddard fit into SIU’s system?

“The quarterback controls a lot in their system and not only throws a lot but also runs the ball often,” he said. “Their quarterback last year led the country in total offense so that got me excited.”

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