Goodwin Ready for Official Visit

Madison (N.J.) running back Justin Goodwin will be one of six Rutgers commits on campus this weekend for an official visit. After winning a state title this season, Goodwin discussed his transition to the offseason and preparations to sign with Rutgers.

The undefeated Madison Dodgers had a Saturday-heavy football schedule in 2012, which prevented Rutgers commit Justin Goodwin from seeing much of the Scarlet Knights.

Goodwin was the second verbal commitment in the class of 2013, but has not seen a lot of the program since then because of a busy schedule. Goodwin is set for an official visit this weekend and excited for his most in-depth look at Rutgers.

"I'm very excited," he said. "I can't wait to hang out with all of the coaches and stuff and some of the players, so I'm really looking forward to."

As a senior, Goodwin led Madison to a 13-0 record and state championship. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete starred at running back, cornerback and kick returner.

Goodwin totaled 1,888 yards from scrimmage and 25 touchdowns as a senior. Goodwin averaged 10.7 yards per carry and 12.7 yards per touch from scrimmage as a senior.

"I'm just trying to focus on preparing my body for the next level," Goodwin said. "This season was all about winning a championship and that was my only focus. So now that I accomplished that goal, I am getting ready for Rutgers and the next step in my football career."

Goodwin would like to play running back at Rutgers, but said he is open to multiple positions, seeing time at both cornerback and safety in high school.

"I'm trying to go wherever my team needs me," Goodwin said. "I want to help my team out and be successful. I would definitely love playing running back, but I trust coach Flood to find the best place for me to help Rutgers stay on the rise."

Though Goodwin did not see much of Rutgers in person this season, he followed the program closely. Winning a share of the Big East title for the first time in history, he said, is cause for excitement.

"It was awesome," he said. "It gives you a lot of confidence knowing we're going in the right direction. I was impressed with everything when I watched them play."

Goodwin will visit this weekend with his mother and brother.

"I think they're definitely very happy for me and happy with Rutgers," he said. "I'm trying my best to make them proud."

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