2009 Intro: Charles Goodwin

HIGH POINT, N.C. --- When Rodney McCoy was hired as head football coach of Andrews High School last summer, a few minutes before the first practice he looked at Charles Goodwin and knew he had an elite talent on his hands.

"I thought about him as a tight end initially," McCoy said. "But then the more I coached him the more I realized he's probably better at defensive end [or] offensive line.

"First of all, he's a monster in size. He moves very swiftly – he has very good footwork. [He is] agile, mobile, and hostile."

Goodwin, a 6-foot-7, 255-pounder, began the season at defensive end – the position he had started since the latter part of his freshman season. However, due to team needs he was eventually moved to the other side of the ball, playing the last six games of the season at left tackle.

"I wish I could have played defensive end a little more, but I eventually got more comfortable at left tackle, too," Goodwin said.

McCoy expects Goodwin to start both ways this coming season.

On the high school level, McCoy believes Goodwin fits in best at offensive tackle. On the next level, Goodwin's projection isn't as cut and dry.

"In college, he could go either way – he could play defensive end, he may even move inside and play three-tech or defensive tackle, or he may play offensive tackle," McCoy said.

"Personally, I think he's a right tackle. First, it's hard to find offensive lineman that have good footwork… I just don't think pass rushing is his strong suit. I think back pedaling, kick-stepping, and cutting off a defensive end would fit him a little better."

Interested colleges also lack a consensus. Clemson, NC State and Wake Forest project Goodwin as a defensive end, while East Carolina and North Carolina see him as an offensive tackle.

In addition to the five aforementioned schools, Goodwin is being pursued by Alabama, Duke, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

"Oh man, everybody [has contacted me regarding Goodwin]," McCoy said. "I tell you this – they fill up my mailbox every day."

Additionally, coaches from East Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest have personally spoken to McCoy. McCoy says he has received several handwritten letters from Everett Withers at UNC and on Wednesday Withers left a message on McCoy's voicemail requesting a call back.

Goodwin is still awaiting his first scholarship offer, but two schools appear close.

"Wake Forest said the only reason they haven't [offered yet], because they need more film," Goodwin said.

"I talk to Coach Reed [at NC State] and he said he's trying to get me [an offer] right now. He said if I go to camp, I'm probably going to end up with one."

Most schools want to get Goodwin in their respective camps to personally evaluate him before offering. Goodwin said he plans to camp at Clemson, UNC, NC State, and Tennessee.

This spring, Goodwin has taken unofficial trips to Clemson, UNC, NC State, Tennessee, and Wake Forest. He most recently visited UNC for its Spring Game on Monday.

"I had called [Withers] last week and was supposed to go up [to UNC] Saturday, because I wanted to see the facilities and stuff and talk to them personally," Goodwin said. "So I took a couple of my buddies up there [Monday, because of the postponement of the game]. I was supposed to go up Monday anyway, because I was supposed to see the practice."

The limited time Monday only permitted Goodwin to tour Kenan Stadium and the football building. He said he hopes to see more on a future visit.

Goodwin claims Clemson, NC State, Tennessee, and Wake Forest as his early favorite schools.

"[At those schools] I like the coaching staff – like how they are – I really can see myself being there. I like the program like the way things are run, and all those schools have high graduation rates for their players," Goodwin said.

Ideally, Goodwin would like to make a verbal commitment before his senior football season.

Although Goodwin is not ready to officially crown a leader, one school has a slight edge, while another is nipping at their heels.

"If I did have to pick [a leader] it would probably be NC State or Wake Forest," Goodwin said. "[If I had to pick one] it would probably be State.

"One of my coaches is from [NC State], so I know all of them better. I've been down there like three times. The coaches are like brothers, because he demands me to call him every week and tell him about the stuff that's going on."

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