Up Close with Trimane Goddard

Andy is back this season with his unique player features of North Carolina's football commitments. Today, he heads to Robersonville, N.C. to profile Roanoke athlete Trimane Goddard.

ROBERSONVILLE, N.C. – Don't let the quiet exterior fool you, says veteran Roanoke coach Donnie Kiefer. Despite his docile demeanor, North Carolina 2004 football commitment Trimane Goddard keeps his competitiveness inside and can unfurl it on demand.

"It's like a light switch," Kiefer said. "He can turn it on and off."

Goddard might be one of the most versatile players ever to play at Carolina. His 1,857 rushing yards, 800 yards passing, and 39 total touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball; and 124 tackles and six interceptions defensively prove that.

The speedster is capable of playing at least four positions – not including special teams. Wake Forest wanted him as a quarterback, Duke recruited him as a running back, Virginia projected him at wide receiver and Florida State offered him a cornerback position.

"It doesn't matter to me where I play, just as long as I'm on the field," Goddard said.

According to his coach, cornerback and slot receiver is where the UNC coaches plan on playing him. That's right, Goddard could go both ways. Don't expect a redshirt season, as the Tar Heels may not be able to afford to wait on utilizing Goddard's talent.

His most striking athletic asset is his ability to change direction in the blink of an eye. Kiefer compares him to rising UNC sophomore Mike Mason – another gem plucked from the eastern N.C. farm belt by head coach John Bunting and assistant coach Kenny Browning.

Kiefer & Goddard
Both Bunting and Browning came to visit Goddard and Kiefer on Thursday, however due to NCAA rules; they could only talk to Kiefer since Goddard had a basketball game that evening. They certainly don't want to let this one get away, though that seems highly unlikely. Goddard, an excellent student with deep religious beliefs, wanted to be "100-percent sure" before making his decision.

He decided not to fulfill scheduled visits to Florida State and Tennessee because he felt that would be dishonorable, considering his commitment to UNC.

"I told him not to commit until he was absolutely sure," Kiefer said. "Then last Tuesday, he came to me and said ‘Coach, I want to go to Carolina.' I said, ‘Are you sure?' And he said, ‘Yes, I'm 100-percent sure.'"

Goddard placed calls to the coaches from Virginia, Tennessee and Florida State and thanked them. Then following his announcement Wednesday morning, he called Bunting. Bunting was having breakfast in S.C. when he got the call. He let out a huge yell, startling the restaurant's patrons.

Countless numbers of the nation's top programs recruited Goddard, but he said that the other schools have stopped contacting him now. And though the process was hectic at times, he enjoyed meeting all of the coaches, players and making new friends.

"The most surprising thing was dealing with all the phone calls," Goddard said. "I don't even know how many I received. It was a lot of fun though."

As early as his freshman season, Goddard's talent was evident to Kiefer. But Goddard wasn't as sure of himself. In fact, his self-doubt troubled him so much at times that he came to Kiefer's office one day in tears.

"I made a lot of mistakes," Goddard said. "I didn't think that I had the potential to be where I am at now. I really underrated myself."

But it was Kiefer, with over 22 years of coaching experience and has a son that once played football at UNC, who became a reassuring reservoir of support for Goddard.

"I give him a lot of credit, along with God and my family," Goddard said. "I had a lot of stuff going on in my life and Coach would talk me through it."

"Trimane is just a person with great character and that character translates into a great work ethic," Kiefer added. "Not only is he a very talented player, but he is also a very humble player. He has every reason in the world to be arrogant, but he is just the opposite. He's just a good Christian kid with high morals. He's the kind of guy you would want your kid to be."

Look out, Trimane's brother, Chris Moore, a sophomore defensive end for Roanoke, is already 6-foot-2 and over 200 pounds and has Division I collegiate potential as well.

"Chris is a very good player," Kiefer said. "He doesn't have Trimane's quickness, but he's a very good player in his own right."

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