4-star OL Goodman Recaps Notre Dame Visit

Lakeland (Fla.) Senior High four-star offensive lineman Evan Goodman made his first official visit of the fall when he traveled to the Notre Dame campus Saturday. After having time to digest his visit, the 6-foot-4, 290-pound Goodman spoke to IrishEyes.com about his trip, what surprised him, and what he learned.

Evan Goodman heard plenty of things about Notre Dame's campus, but a few things stood out when the four-star offensive tackle from Lakeland (Fla.) Senior High replayed his weekend official visit Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Goodman, who is committed to Arizona State, was pleasantly surprised by the makeup of the campus, and the role religion plays in everyday life.

"The diversity," Goodman said in what surprised him. "You saw a lot of mixes of different people. I wasn't sure about that. When I started to go around campus, I saw a lot of people from different countries."

Goodman is Pentacostal, and although Notre Dame is a Catholic school, he said it isn't an issue. He added he enjoyed seeing the sites on campus, such as Touchdown Jesus, The Basilica, the Grotto and the many of the other structures on campus.

"It was cool," he said. "I didn't realize how religious-oriented it was. That's a good thing for me because religion is important in (his family)."

Goodman's weekend was exhausting, particularly because Lakeland Senior played at 4 p.m. Friday, and he had a 6 a.m. flight to South Bend, Ind., on Saturday.

He landed in time for the start of the season-opener against South Florida, and he said he didn't mind sitting through the two weather delays that marred the loss.

"It went pretty well," Goodman said. "Notre Dame played real well. The team was fun. The coaching staff was cool, and it wasn't just all about football. They care about success in academics, not just football."

Goodman was hosted by linebacker Kendall Moore, who is from Southeast Raleigh High (Cary, N.C.).

"We hung out with the players, went to the game, we ate dinner with the coaches," Goodman said. "It went pretty good (with Moore). We're from the same type of area, we're both African-American and we're both funny dudes. We went around the city and saw the city, and it's very nice."

Goodman added he also saw the talent level in the program.

"It was a very good atmosphere," he said. "I know they will be one of the best teams in a few years, and they have a great recruiting class."

With the Notre Dame visit complete, Goodman is concentrating on his season, and trips to Arizona State, Auburn, Nebraska and another to a school yet-to-be-determined.

"I knew Notre Dame was high on my list," he said. "I could see myself going to Notre Dame."

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