UNC to offer Goddard on Friday

<I>Inside Carolina</I> has confirmed that Roanoke (Robersonville, N.C.) quarterback-defensive back Trimaine Goddard will receive an official offer from UNC during an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill on Friday.

"Coach [John] Bunting just likes him - period," Redskins' head coach Donald Kiefer said. "I know that they are going to offer him tomorrow, but I don't know what [position] they are going to offer him as."

Many people are unaware of how explosive and dangerous Goddard is offensively, because he has made his name as a defensive back.

"If I was coaching him in college, I would have to put the football in his hands at some point – either as a quarterback or returner," Kiefer said.

After Kiefer showed Goddard's tape to Jim Grobe, the Deacons' head coach immediately changed his projection to quarterback.

"It doesn't matter where I play," Goddard said. "As long as I get to play."

This past year, Goddard rushed for 1,850 yards and 27 touchdowns.

"And he wasn't even our leading rusher," Kiefer said. "It wasn't like he was a one man show."

His backfield mate, Garrett Baker, who has committed to Western Carolina, rushed for 2,500 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Goddard, who also passed for 943 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, currently has offers from Florida State, Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke and East Carolina. Goddard, accompanied by Kiefer, is scheduled to attend the Blue Devils' camp on Saturday.

Still, as recently as March 28, the Tar Heels were seemingly not in Goddard's plans, or perhaps it was the other way around.

"I hadn't heard anything from them, and I wondered if they were interested in me," Goddard said. "I'm pretty excited. I've always liked them – watching them play basketball and all."

The Tar Heels, Goddard's childhood favorite, have quickly turned up the heat on his recruitment. Bunting impressed Goddard with a personal visit in May, and Kiefer and UNC strength and conditioning coach Jeff Connors have been friends for years.


Check out IC's Trimaine Goddard profile.

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