Goodman Ends Season Just Short of Goal

Wide receiver prospect John Goodman fell just short of his high school goal this season—winning the state championship—but he did accomplish a lot of things he's proud of.

"Overall it was successful," Goodman said of his senior season. "We got a lot done that we wanted to. We just came up short. I thought the team played great all year except that last game.

"We lost in semi-state. We really shouldn't have. Anyone who knows football knows that we shouldn't have. It was one of those nights that nine times out of ten you'd win it, but it was that one night and we didn't get it done. It was really frustrating." Goodman, while recruited to play wide receiver for the Irish, played quarterback for his entire senior season. The Fort Wayne, Ind. native said he had a good year playing the new position.

"I really don't know my stats. I know I threw for over 1,400 yards," Goodman said. "I'm not sure about the touchdowns or how many rushing yards I had. I know I only threw two interceptions on the year, so that was pretty good."

"I thought my year at the quarterback position was very successful. It was a lot better than I expected," Goodman said with a chuckle.

Further investigation found that Goodman had a pretty impressive senior season, but being the humble guy he is, he just wasn't going to tell us that.

Goodman completed 95 of his 175 passing attempts for 1,697 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 535 yards on 98 attempts, and those numbers included sacks. He combined for 28 touchdowns on offense and also recorded 28 tackles and two interceptions.

The four-star recruit has now shifted gears towards basketball, but he's not completely finished with football at this point.

"I'm in basketball right now. I took off all last week," Goodman said. "I started Monday. I'm just trying to get into shape right now. We have a game on Friday that I'm trying to get ready for. I'm kind of playing both a two guard and a small forward position. I'm playing down low a bit to use my size.
"I'm in the Army All-American game as well. I'm really excited about that. That's going to be a great experience playing with 14 of my future teammates and all those future DI players. That's something I never thought I'd be able to do. It's going to be a fun experience."

The senior prospect was scheduled to take his official visit to Notre Dame next weekend for the football banquet weekend, but that plan may have to change.

"I'm not sure I can make it that weekend because I have a basketball game that weekend," he said. "I'm already missing some games because of the All-American game, so I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to do that. I'll have to talk to my coach about that."

The Notre Dame coaching staff also has a steady visit schedule with Goodman over the next week. "I have coach Brown coming on Thursday," Goodman said. "He's coming to my school and then he's coming over to eat dinner with my family at night. Coach Ianello is coming on Sunday, and he's going to have some lunch and check in with us."
The Bishop Dwenger high school star says he's was excited to see the Irish win their final two games of the season.

"That was awesome. When they have a terrible start like that, and then win their last two, that's actually pretty special," said Goodman. "That means they still have hope. They still want to work hard and they still have that drive in them to win. I know that's what they instill in the players, and I really liked seeing that. They earned their respect at the end of the season, and it's kind of a great start for this next season." Top Stories