Electric and Awesome

John Goodman could not be checked during one-on-one drills, last week at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio. The receiver from Fort Wayne, Ind. showed quick moves, blowing by the defensive back in an instant and then corralling the football with his soft hands.

At the junior event, the 6-foot-4, 186-pound John Goodman showed why he is one of the better receivers in the talented 2008 recruiting class. He also has plenty of mail from interested colleges, including Notre Dame, to prove it.

"I thought I did pretty good in San Antonio," said Goodman, who also mentioned that he already has scholarship offers from Purdue and Ball State. "I should've maybe been selected to the first or second (all-combine) team(s), but that's okay, I don't really mind. I put everything I had out there, and just being invited there was enough."

The top eight receivers were selected to the all-combine teams, and Goodman appeared to be as good as most of them.

"There were definitely some very talented people there, but I thought there would be more to tell the truth," Goodman said. "I thought I stacked up pretty well with my size and speed against the receivers."

Last summer, Goodman said he ran 4.51 electric at the Michigan camp, and a 4.53 at the Notre Dame camp, in the 40-yard dash. That speed makes him a deep-ball threat the Irish could definitely use. At Bishop Dwenger High, Goodman hauled in 44 receptions for roughly 860 yards (19.5 avg.) with 9 touchdowns this past season.

"I just like going to get it," Goodman said of the deep ball. "I can definitely do things other than going long, but that's my main thing."

Goodman also added two kickoff returns and three punt returns for scores. As a safety/cornerback, he picked off three passes, leading his team to the semistate round of the state playoffs. Goodman was named all-state.

That impressive production has led to a boat load of mail coming from the likes of Indiana, Iowa, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, the Irish and the Wolverines, complimenting Goodman's two offers.

Notre Dame just sent Goodman a letter inviting him to its junior day at the end of the month.

"That was a good one," he said.

"I'm pretty sure I'll go. It depends on my basketball schedule. If I don't have anything, I'll definitely go."

While a lot of his peers at junior day will be seeing Notre Dame's campus for the first time, Goodman's hometown is two hours away, and he has been in South Bend too many times to count.

Goodman made it in for the Penn State game and the North Carolina game this past season for unofficial visits.

"I've been there for about 10 games, mostly football and a couple basketball games," he said. "I grew up loving Notre Dame.

"Their games are electric. That place is awesome. Their fans are awesome. Their new center (Guglielmino Athletics Complex) that they have, that's awesome. Everything is so nice and orderly, and that's how I like it.

"It's the nicest campus I've ever been to."

That includes trips to Michigan and Ohio State for games. Those two, along with Notre Dame currently make up Goodman's three favorites. They will all be on his list to visit officially this year.

"Once I get those three in and maybe a couple more, it will be a process of elimination," Goodman explained. I'm not sure what college I want to go to, I'll visit all of them and see what happens from there."

Goodman has talked with Irish recruiting coordinator Rob Ianello.

"He just told me to get in game film and highlight film, get my SAT scores in, and they will really start looking at me," said Goodman, who reported a 3.2 GPA.

If Notre Dame really starts looking at Goodman, he hopes they will see a physical change.

"I want to be 200 pounds, and I hope to be 6-foot-5," Goodman said by next season. "That will be really nice, but I think I'm done growing. But I definitely have a lot of room to put weight on."

Goodman also has time to get stronger. In San Antonio, he said he bench pressed 185 pounds seven times. He's not sure what his max is, but he said he has gotten 225 pounds twice before.

Goodman hopes the offers start rolling in this summer so he can make a decision before starting his senior season.

"I don't want to be distracted during the season."

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