Goodwin One to Watch

A large contingent of rising seniors attended Tom Lemming's Photo Shoot, and the most impressive prospect physically might have been High Point (NC) Andrews standout Charles Goodwin.

A large contingent of rising seniors attended Tom Lemming's Photo Shoot, held at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the most impressive prospect physically might have been High Point (NC) Andrews standout Charles Goodwin.

At 6-foot-7 and 255 pounds, Goodwin catches your attention right away with his frame, a frame capable of carrying much more weight. An unknown on the recruiting scene, Goodwin stated that he enjoyed the experience.

"It was exciting," he said. "It was nice meeting all the prospects across the state. Xavier [Nixon], my man Travis Bond, and the defensive end that just committed to Carolina... they were all cool. Of course, my boy Ricky Dowdy was there and he committed to [NC] State that day and that was exciting."

Goodwin attends Andrews High School and Dowdy attends Central High School... the rival schools in High Point, North Carolina. Both spent time together at NC State's Junior Day. In fact, Goodwin added that he was with Dowdy and his family when he verbaled to the Wolfpack.

"He knows what he is doing."

"That was real nice," he said. "To be there to experience that, it was exciting. When he told the State coaches they were all happy, just shaking hands, taking pictures... stuff like that. I could definitely see myself doing that."

Dowdy instantly started to talk up the Wolfpack to Goodwin.

"Ricky and his dad were talking to me about State," he said. "I told him I wouldn't mind coming down there after seeing that and their Junior Day."

What did Goodwin think of the Wolfpack's Junior Day?

"It was cool over there," he said. "They have some real nice facilities. I like the defensive ends coach, he was real cool... the coaches were all great. I like the way their staff has been together a long time."

As a junior, Goodwin stated that he recorded 45 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, and 12 sacks while playing defensive end for the Red Raiders. During the season, he made the switch to left tackle and is being recruited to play both positions.

"I thought I had a good year," he said. "I could have had even more sacks, but I moved to the offensive line so I could help our team."

Coaching Goodwin at Andrews High School is former NC State linebacker Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay. An Andrews alum, Aughtry-Lindsay is the team's defensive coordinator.

"I think he's a real good coach," said Goodwin. "He knows what he is doing, and he's teaching us a lot of what he learned up in college. He went to State, and we actually run the defense they ran when he was there."

Goodwin and his coaching staff are in the process of putting together a highlight tape to send to colleges. He has yet to receive any scholarship offers, but he is fielding heavy interest from Clemson, NC State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, and East Carolina among others.

"Some of the colleges are recruiting me for defensive end and some are recruiting me for left tackle," he said. "State, Clemson, UNC, and I think Vanderbilt like me as a defensive end. East Carolina and Tennessee are recruiting me as a left tackle.

"This is a big year for us."

"I'm kind of leaning more towards NC State, Clemson, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt," said Goodwin. "With Clemson, the coaches are real good, and I like the atmosphere down there. One of my old teammates, Marcus Gilchrist, plays for them so I've been down there.

"Tennessee is looking at me for left tackle, and I think I could help their program out. With Vanderbilt, they've got a better program than everyone thinks they have.

"With State, I really like the coaches. They make you feel comfortable, and I think it's a great staff."

Look for Goodwin to attend a Shrine Bowl combine and several team camps over the summer. He's hoping to land some offers in the near future and make his college decision prior to the start of his senior year.

"If I could, I think I'd decide early so I could know where I'm going and focus on the senior season. This is a big year for us."

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