Signee Profile: Brian Goodwin

Rocky Mount (N.C.) High's Brian Goodwin stepped to the plate in Dodger Stadium last August at the AFLAC All-American Game with his East squad trailing the West. He delivered a hit that drove in the winning runs and earned the Most Valuable Player award for his performance in the prestigious all-star game, which featured the top 38 rising seniors in the country.

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"It was a good experience because we were down there for a week and got to see a lot of stuff and play baseball a lot," Goodwin stated about his visit to Los Angeles for the All-American game. "We got to visit kids in the hospital down there and they treated us like celebrities. It seemed like we were all major leaguers - signing autographs and taking pictures."

North Carolina started recruiting Goodwin early in his high school career and a commitment followed shortly thereafter. "I first got a questionnaire from UNC when I was in tenth grade, I think," Goodwin said. "I was in the weight room and they just wanted to call the school and talk to me a little bit. After that we started talking more and more. I went on an unofficial visit and I enjoyed myself down there - and that kind of settled it."

The 6-foot outfielder chose to sign with North Carolina after considering South Carolina and receiving offers from North Carolina State and East Carolina.

"It was something that I felt comfortable with - growing up liking North Carolina," Goodwin said. "The education that you can get there along with the winning tradition, the coaches and the overall environment."

Rocky Mount won the 3-A state title last season behind Goodwin, who batted .473 while scoring 45 runs. Goodwin also led the state with 15 doubles and his 45 runs was good for second in the state. He was selected to the aforementioned AFLAC All-American team along with the Under Armour All-Star Game. Perfect Game has the speedy left-handed outfielder listed as the No. 15 overall prospect in the 2009 class. In addition to his superlative play on the diamond, Goodwin also stars on his high school football team for Rocky Mount.

Goodwin is aiming to improve on his statistics this year and is keeping his goals simple for his final high school campaign, "I just want it to be a real good year - I want to do everything better than I did last year and win another state title," he said. Thus far, Goodwin has set single season records for his high school team in runs, hits and doubles and is on pace to rewrite the Rocky Mount record book for a career.

Along with numerous other Tar Heel commitments, Goodwin starred on the Impact Baseball travel team's Dirtbags. "He is a game changer in the outfield," said Dirtbag head coach Andy Partin. "He makes plays on balls that most guys can not get to. As far as arm strength goes, he has the ability to throw guys out. Offensively he has the speed and power factor - he has the ability to hit the ball out of the park along with the ability to hit a ball to short and beat it out. You could consider him a five-tool guy."

"He is a silent assassin - he is low maintenance," Partin continued. "He shows up and plays extremely hard but has that something about him that the other guys are drawn to. He has the swagger but a neat personality with a dry sense of humor. He is a great teammate and leads by example. He has that signature smile and he goes out there and has fun. He really has no idea how good he is, I think. His best baseball is yet to come - obviously - when he concentrates solely on baseball..."

As a result of his current skills and long term potential, major league scouts have been out in droves to keep tabs on the highly rated prospect. Early forecasts project Goodwin as a potential first-round pick in the 2009 Major League Draft. Therefore, a million-dollar decision could await of enrolling at North Carolina or signing with a major league team. "It would have to be a situation where I could not turn down the offer," Goodwin said. "It would have to be worth me missing college after high school."

In the meantime, Goodwin is looking forward to his college baseball future. "I just want to get in there and perform and win," he said. "I want to go to Omaha and win a national title."

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