Just In Case

It almost seems like Roderick Goodlow already has a Notre Dame scholarship offer.

Roderick Goodlow keeps in touch with Irish assistant coaches Rob Ianello and Corwin Brown once a week. Both have been by W.H. Adamson High in Dallas, Texas to check in on the 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety/outside linebacker. Ianello is going back on Thursday of this week.

Also, Goodlow is booked for an official visit the weekend of Nov. 1st for the Notre Dame-Pittsburgh game. Goodlow thinks his game that week is on a Thursday, so he'll be able to stay in South Bend Friday thru Sunday.

"They've been recruiting me for awhile, ever since May," Goodlow said. "We've kept in touch, and they really like my versatility as far as me playing multiple positions and just the way I play safety. It's just about seeing how things are going and what their needs are.

"They do want to get me on campus just in case they offer the following week, so they can make sure I've already seen the campus."

Goodlow's trip to Notre Dame will be his first official visit. He also has officials set up with Northwestern for the Ohio State game the following week, and to Kansas on Dec. 5th.

Goodlow favors Northwestern, Kansas, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Colorado and Iowa State. All have offered, and if Notre Dame jumped into the mix, Goodlow says the Irish will be in his top two or three.

"I learned that academically they're real good," Goodlow said. He has a 3.2 GPA and plans on majoring in business. "I looked at their program and they're built on tradition. And looking at Charlie Weis, it seems like they're headed in the right direction.

"I think they're doing good (this season). I think they're headed on the right track and I won't be surprised if in the next two or three years they'll be National Champions."

Goodlow is coming to South Bend on his visit with a plan.

"Mostly trying to see how the players are, the fans, and just meet all the coaches and interact with them," Goodlow explained. "I want to see how everything is run at the school and what Notre Dame has to offer."

As a junior, Goodlow used his 4.5 second speed in the 40-yard dash to make 109 tackles and intercept four passes. He wasn't sure of his senior stats.

When Goodlow talks with Brown, it's mostly about Xs and Os.

"We talk about mostly defense, and the way they're going to play. He says we'll play you here if you do it this way, or we'll play you here if you do it that way."

Ianello and Goodlow just catch up during their conversations.

"He just informs me on how the program is being run and how everything is going, and what to expect from Notre Dame."

Goodlow plans on taking all five of his official visits before giving a program a verbal commitment.

"Pretty much a school has to be headed in the right direction as far as winning football games and going to the next level, and not being satisfied where they're currently at," Goodlow said, explaining what he's looking for in a school. "And education, I'm looking at that a bunch. As far as how the team comes together, how close they are and how close they are with the coaches."

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