Ovid Goulbourne from Easton, PA (HS) has the size, speed, strength, and natural ability that many of the top backs have. But while all excellent running backs need to have great feet, Goulbourne goes one step further.
"He has great hands," says Easton coach Steve Shiffert. "He catches everything."
Goulbourne also found the end zone often accumulating 17 TD's on the season. And this accomplished even though he was not the featured back on Easton's vaunted running game. Brad Piperata had that distinction but he has since graduated. Does that mean a lot more yards for the 6'1" 198 pound Goulbourne?
"I don't know," declares Shiffert. "I like to share the load."
Goulbourne is a great athlete and runs a 4.4 in the 40. He also runs track for Easton, competing in the 100m, 200m, long jump, and 4X100 relay.
He doesn't know how much he lifts now because of a recent shoulder injury but Shiffert loves his power.
"He is fast, yeah, but he will lower his shoulder and run over you with no problem."
Goulbourne is a native of Jamaica and prefers someplace warm for college. He says right now that North Carolina State is first on his list, followed in order by Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, and Iowa. But being very new to the process, he says he knows that he will have a lot more deciding to do as the year goes on and expects more warm weather schools to show interest.
Goulbourne describes himself as a B Student and his favorite team is Miami.
But what Goulbourne wants more than anything is not even on a football field.
"I just want to do what nobody in my family ever did. I just want to go to college."
One of PA's top backs can do it all
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