Recruiting: Goodson Saga Continues

With the announcement promoted and Oklahoma State coaches and fans gathered around the television set before the start of the fourth quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Game NBC's broadcast returned from the break and showed Michael Goodson on the bench in the Alamodome and relayed that he had decided not to commit. He wasn't ready.

Goodson told the NBC sideline reporter that he still liked Texas A&M, still liked Oklahoma State and still liked USC, and that he hadn't made up his mind.

"Today, he is just not ready," said the NBC reporter.

The confusion in San Antonio today just continues a recruiting experience that has been a roller coaster for Oklahoma State fans as they rejoiced this summer when the speedy 6-0, 190-pounder made a pledge on Houston television to be a Cowboy. Then in December, following recruiting visits to USC and Texas A&M, Goodson backed off his OSU pledge and said he was opening up the recruiting process.

Media speculated that it was now USC and Texas A&M, but Goodson later countered that and said OSU was still very much in it. Rumors have circulated that Goodson preferred OSU, his dad liked USC, and his high school coach was pushing A&M. This week Goodson wore undergarments in practice from all three schools further teasing fans from all three schools. All three schools made the trip to San Antonio to show support for Goodson after he said he would make his commitment during the telecast of the game.

Bottom line, it's not over. The Goodson roller coaster has dipped, and now depending on his eventual decision it will either take a huge climb for OSU fans or dip further. Stay tuned, just not to NBC as they had their shot.

Goodson had done very little in the All-American Game before balking at making a commitment. He had one catch on the first series on a screen pass for five yards and he fumbled. He had one carry for no gain. He was overthrown on a pass that he might have scored on, and he was also called for an illegal chop block on pass protection.

Speculation that he might no longer be as interested in USC was spurred earlier in the game when Coppell, Texas, star running back Emmanuel Moody made a televised pledge to USC.

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