Good Looking to Impact

When Gaffney (SC) standout Denzelle Good committed to NC State, he was a virtual unknown on the recruiting scene. However, after his film started to circulate, he shot up the rankings and settled in as arguably the top signee in the Wolfpack's 2009 class.

When Gaffney (SC) offensive lineman Denzelle Good committed to NC State, he was a virtual unknown on the recruiting scene. However, after his film started to circulate, he shot up the rankings and settled in as arguably the top signee in the Wolfpack's 2009 class.

Good committed to NC State last July after earning an offer from the Wolfpack following their summer camp. At the time he held an offer from Maryland, and Virginia would offer the same day as NC State, but Good knew where he wanted to attend college.

"It was an easy decision for me," said Good. "I just loved the coaches at NC State, coach O'Brien, coach Bridge... all of them. Plus they have really good academics, so it was an easy choice."

A few weeks after committing, Good's film arrived at Scout and analyst Burke Hayes became a huge fan.

"An absolute mauler, Good is one of the most explosive offensive linemen in his class," Hayes wrote. "He has great length and gets excellent extension on defensive linemen. His two greatest assets are his feet and his upper-body strength.

"Good overmatches nearly every opponent with a quick first step and desire to punish. He is one of the top finishers at his position and will contribute immediately at the next level."

"At the Shrine Bowl it
picked back up some."

He was instantly rated a three-star recruit and after a strong senior year and an even better showing at the 2009 Shrine Bowl, Good settled in as a four-star prospect and the No. 6 offensive guard in the country.

With that being said, Good was surprised more teams didn't show interest, even though he admits it wouldn't have mattered.

"My high school coach thought it was going to get crazy, and I would get even more offers," said Good. "But really most of the ACC schools kind of dropped off after I committed to State. Maybe they knew I was going to go there anyways so there wasn't a need to recruit me.

"At the Shrine Bowl it picked back up some, teams like Duke and Marshall came calling after me hard, but I told them I was going to NC State."

Good made his commitment official on signing day, a decision that pleased his family.

"They love it up at NC State," he stated. "They are glad I'll be playing for coaches like Tom O'Brien and Jim Bridge. Everytime we go up there it seems like my family likes it even more."

The most recent visit was for the Wolfpack's spring game.

"That was amazing," he said. "They had a record crowd that day... one entire side of the stadium was filled up with fans. It was cool because fans were coming up and talking to me and the other signees... they really did it when I was sitting with my parents in the fan section.

"When I first started going up to games it was kind of shocking that these people knew who I was but now I'm kind of used to it. I know with as big as I am, I'm easy to pick out of a crowd."

Good also spent some time with the other recruits.

"The coaches are still
telling me I'm a five-position guy."

"We all hung out that day," he said. "I mainly spent time with the other offensive linemen. Up there that day with me was Tyson [Chandler], Camden [Wentz], and Duran [Christophe]. Those were the guys I was around the entire time."

What were his thoughts on the game?

"Well, I think the defense is going to be a lot better than last year," he said. "Our defense is looking strong. It seems like with a lot of our starters back and not hurt we're going to be even better on that side.

"Overall I thought it was a good showing. I watched the offensive line a lot, and I saw a couple of things I wanted to get in and do. I'm not downing any other players, but I think I can come in and compete for a little bit of playing time."

According to Good, the coaching staff has indicated to him that there is a possibility he can come in and play as a true freshman. But, he may end up redshirting.

"Mostly they told me that it's a possibility I could get redshirted because offensive linemen are normally the guys who get redshirted the most," he said. "The coaches are still telling me I'm a five-position guy... I could play anywhere on the line. I'm going to come in and work and wherever they put me I'll do my best."

He has spent this spring at Gaffney High playing track, where he throws the discus and shot put.

Good has the state championships today in both events. He has a personal-best of 161 feet in the discus and 52.5 feet in the shot put, and is looking to win titles in both. However, a future teammate of his could stand in the way of him taking home the discus title.

"I've been doing real well in track and have states this week," he said. "If I can match my best throws in the discus and shot put, I think I have a good shot at winning both.

"Really my main competition is going to be Asa [Watson]. He's thrown 166 [feet] and that's better than my top throw so I'm going to be competing against him. It's going to be fun. I talked with him last weekend, and we'll talk again this weekend."

With his senior year almost behind him, Good is turning his attention towards college. Fully qualified with a 3.5 GPA and a 23 in the ACT, he plans on majoring in either graphic design or business.

"I can't wait to get up to NC State," he said. "I believe I move up on June 28th for that summer session. I'm just getting more excited about it knowing I'll be going up there battling for a position, getting to know more people, and settling into a new environment."

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