4-star OT Goodman Ready For Notre Dame Visit

The official visit season begins this weekend for Notre Dame when Lakeland (Fla.) Senior High four-star offensive tackle Evan Goodman comes to campus. Goodman spoke with IrishEyes.com about his impending trip, his interest in the Irish since he is committed to Arizona State, and much, much more.

Lakeland (Fla.) Senior High four-star offensive tackle Evan Goodman committed to Arizona State four weeks ago, with the idea he would take official visits.

The first of those treks is coming this weekend when he travels to South Bend, Ind., to watch Notre Dame host South Florida in the season opener for both schools.

Goodman's Lakeland team plays St. Cloud on Friday, so he will leave for Notre Dame on Saturday morning. His trip will last through the weekend, and he is set to return home Monday afternoon.

It is also not just a free vacation for Goodman, either. He is serious about the schools he is planning to visit despite his commitment.

"I committed to Arizona State because I was told they only had four scholarships left …and I haven't seen the school yet," the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Goodman said. "I don't want to go there and not like it (and have no options), so I want to visit other schools in case I like those schools better."

It is something Goodman, the 17th-rated tackle in Scout.com's 2012 class, discussed with the Arizona State coaching staff the day he committed.

"They were cool," he said. "I talked to them about it on the phone when I committed. Goodman's brother, Devin, is a freshman at Arizona State, which is one of the reasons he committed.

"He's doing real good," Evan Goodman said. "He's on the punt team right now and doing pretty good. He likes it out there."

However, Goodman added it would only be an added "benefit" to play on the same college team as his brother, and is not a huge factor in his recruitment.

He is set to visit Nebraska for the Sept. 10 contest with Fresno State, and travel to Auburn for the Oct. 15 game against Florida. His fourth trip is to Arizona State at a yet-to-be-decided time, and a fifth trip to an unnamed school may be on his agenda.

But in talking with the Irish staff, Goodman knows he is a priority.

"I talk to (assistant) Tony Alford literally every day on Facebook," Goodman said. "I talk to him every day. He says I'm really the perfect type of offensive lineman for them, the kind of offensive lineman they want, and how I'm a great kid."

Goodman was in a good over the weekend after Lakeland beat Lake Gibson 35-0 win in a preseason matchup.

"I think I did well," Goodman said. "We got the running game down. We don't have a new offense, but it's different. We have different plays and we did them well."

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