Q&A With New Cowboy Commitment Michael Goodson

This interview with Klein (Collins HS) running back Michael Goodson aired on Sports Talk with Robert Allen and Friends on Monday morning. Goodson committed to the Cowboys on Sunday night.

Goodson is a 6-0, 200-pound back with 4.4 speed that had more than 1,800 yards of total offense and 26 touchdowns as a junior. He earned All-State honors as a kickoff and punt returner averaging over 30 yards a kickoff return. He turned down USC, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and LSU to commit to Oklahoma State.

RA: How did recruiting go for you? Summarize the recruiting process for you.
Goodson: I mean at the end of my sophomore year I just kind of worked hard in the weight room and everything. I had a big junior year and scholarships and offers just piled on. After that it was kind of crazy. My family and I had to come together and decide which would be the best place for me.

RA: How did you do that? Take us step by step how you arrived at your decision.
Goodson: I took a lot of visits this summer and went to all the schools that offered. I had a chance to meet all the coaches and get a feel for each university. Oklahoma State really wasn't one of my top schools at first. We were originally going to visit Oklahoma and my dad said why don't we just go by Oklahoma State and see how that is. We went by and I just fell in love with it after that. It was just great.

RA: What stood out for you at Oklahoma State?
Goodson: They have the coolest coaching staff I've ever seen. I met those guys and just right away I felt I fit there. The players I got a chance to hang out with in the weight room, those guys seem to be having a lot of fun up there. That's what I want to do. I think it will be a tremendous opportunity for me to play with Bobby Reid and some of those guys that were highly ranked coming out of high school.

RA: The offense is changing to a spread offense and some people have said that fits you. You are effective in space, in the open field. Did matching up with the offense have an impact on your decision?
Goodson: That played into it a lot. I sat down with coach (Larry) Fedora, the offensive coordinator, and we watched some tape. He showed me how he would use me and how I would fit into the offense. It was great. He showed me a lot of stuff where I will be playing in the open field and I think that is what I was looking for.

RA: Did the recruiting process get hectic for you with all the phone calls? Is it too much at times?
Goodson: Yes, sometimes it is. You are trying to get some sleep and you are getting 10-12 calls at 12 o'clock at night. For the most part it is fun.

RA: I've read how active your dad was with the recruiting process as a guide. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like you and your dad are more than father and son, you seem to be friends.
Goodson: My dad is a cool guy and he's always been there for me. As a high school athlete he went through a lot of the same things that I'm going through now. I listened to him and took his advice. He didn't pressure me into anything. He just gave me advice to help me make the decision.

RA: Did you know either Donnell Williams (Houston Madison linebacker) or Patrick Lavine (Jersey Village safety) that also committed with you on television on Sunday night?
Goodson: We knew each other from seven-on-seven playing against each other. We met each other at an Oklahoma State football camp (Houston satellite camp) and got to know each other a little bit better.

RA: Does having guys together from Houston make it easier going up to Oklahoma State?
Goodson: It makes it a lot easier when you have somebody to relate to that first year and know you are not going there alone. There are a lot of guys there from Houston.

RA: Finally, how did the television announcement go last night?
Goodson: It was pretty cool. At first you're kind of startruck with all the cameras in your face but after that you get kind of used to it and it's a lot of fun.

RA: What are your plans the rest of the summer?
Goodson: Just work out and get ready to have a big season.

RA: There was a lot of excitement in Stillwater and in Oklahoma over your commitment. You already have a lot of new fans that will be following you in your senior year.
Goodson: It's good to know that.

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