4-star OT Sets Official Visit to Notre Dame

Lakeland (Fla.) High four-star offensive tackle Evan Goodman set his official visit to Notre Dame, revealed three other schools he will make official visits to and talked about a possible fifth visit. Also, he has an accelerated time frame to make a decision. Come inside IrishEyes.com to see what Goodman had to say.

Four-star offensive tackle Evan Goodman of Lakeland (Fla.) Senior High already has his official visit to Notre Dame set, and three others schools are in line for a visit.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Goodman told IrishEyes.com Auburn, Arizona State and Nebraska will also gets visits, and said Ohio State, as well as a number of schools in the west, were in contention for a fifth visit.

"I like Notre Dame a lot," Goodman said. "I'm taking an official visit when they play South Florida (Sept. 3). It fits into my schedule. I go to school and am taking summer classes now to graduate in January, and I have time to do it then."

The early graduation will allow Goodman to participate in spring practice before his freshman season, giving him a better chance to play as a true freshman.

"I'm real excited for the visits," Goodman said. "I want to learn about the programs and be around players and the coaches and see how it is around the program."

Goodman's recruiter at Notre Dame is receivers coach Tony Alford, and the two built a solid relationship.

"He's a real cool dude," Goodman said. "I met him during spring practice. He's just a real cool dude. I like him a lot."

Goodman, who made a two-day visit to Auburn last week, will be making his first trek to South Bend, Ind. He knows the basics of the Irish program, but will get his first in-depth look the first weekend of the college football season.

"I know they have a real strong tradition with winning, and how disciplined the tam is, and how focused they are," Goodman said. "They are a team that all works together."

Despite being a shade shorter than a prototypical offensive tackle, schools are recruiting Goodman to play tackle. But what about the schools who want him to move inside?

"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "I don't have the height but I have the speed. I'd move inside. I don't really care."

Goodman's brother, Devin, signed with Arizona State and is leaving in a few days for campus. In addition to visiting ASU, Goodman knows another trip to Auburn and one to Nebraska is on his agenda.

However, as he sorts through schools for his fifth visit, the Buckeyes were a school he mentioned.

"Maybe Ohio State," he said. "I went up there last summer and it was real nice and everyone was real cool. I know they have some trouble, but that was one coach (Jim Tressel). Everybody there was cool. Ohio State is still going to be Ohio State."

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