RECRUITING: Goodson drawing Peterson comparisons

Michael Goodson, perhaps the Lone Star State's top prospect, talks about his interest in Oklahoma.


I realize there are a number of good running backs in Texas this year, but in this reporter's opinion none of them are better than Michael Goodson. Talk about a running back that can do it all, this kid is the real deal.

Goodson went to Terry High School in Richmond, Texas his freshman year and started at fullback. He moved to Collins for his sophomore season where he immediately jumped into the starting line-up at tailback and rushed for 998 yards and 15 touchdowns. Goodson had his breakout season last year as a junior when he rushed for 1,155 yards (11.5 yards per carry) and 27 touchdowns.

"We run an option offense and I don't get the ball as much as some running backs might in the I-formation or one-back offense," said Goodson. "We were 8-2 last year, so what we are doing is working. When I do get the ball, I usually have success with it."

Goodson benches 240 pounds, squats 350 and he has a super 38-inch vertical jump. He also has his own unique style of running.

"I have a good power game, but I am a speed back," said Goodson. "People compare me to Adrian Peterson because I run straight up and I have good power and speed like he does. I can run over people, but I can also make you miss. It depends on what the situation calls for. If it is third down and three, I am going to hit the hole and run over you to get the first down. But if I can get into open field, or if I am trying to turn the corner, I will make you miss. I enjoy doing that to defenders."

Goodson has been offered by 22 different schools and he will camp at TCU this summer.

"Recruiting is open for me right now," said Goodson. "I have a number of good schools offering me, so it is hard to narrow my decision down. I am not going to go to many camps this summer, but my dad and I will jump in an RV and try to visit all the schools that have offered me.

"My top eight would be LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, USC, Iowa, Texas Tech, Auburn and Oklahoma State in no particular order. Those eight could easily change."

What does Goodson think of Oklahoma?

"Oklahoma is one of the top programs in the country. You can't go wrong by picking Oklahoma," said Goodson. "I like the offense that they are running and there would be a good opportunity to play with Adrian up there his junior year, which would be a great learning experience. I think Oklahoma will be one of the schools that I visit."

Goodson wants to study architecture in college and he is already qualified.

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