Georgia WR is a wanted man

He is one of the best overall athletes in the nation for 2004. His blazing speed sets him apart from most of his peers, and he has spent his entire summer improving upon his best times on the track. We caught up with the GA speedster in-between meets, and he gave us the lowdown on his current situation ...

"I just returned from a meet in Canada," said Demiko Goodman. "I ran a 46.3 400m and took 2nd place overall. Some guy from the Sudan nipped me at the tape. My personal best in the 100m is 10.7"

While Goodman excels on the running track, his immediate future could possibly come as one of the most highly sought after wideouts in the country. Goodman has narrowed the long list of schools to eight final suitors, and seven of those teams have come forth with a scholarship offer already.

"I'm looking at Georgia, Florida State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Auburn, LSU, and Maryland. The Gators are the only team in my final eight that hasn't offered me."

Has Goodman decided yet on which 5 schools will get an official visit?

"Georgia, Florida State, South Carolina, and Maryland are recruiting me the hardest. I would visit those schools if I had to pick right now. I'm not sure where my 5th visit would go at the moment."

While things are certainly still up in the air at this time, the home state Bulldogs might just hold the early advantage due to some prior relationships between Goodman, two UGA freshmen, and one 2004 Georgia commitment.

"I know the guys from Stephenson pretty well (Kregg Lumpkin and T.J. Gartrell) and we get along good. I ran track with A.J. Bryant (UGA commitment) a few years ago as well. I'm friends with him too."

While Georgia seems to be in very good shape at the moment with Goodman, he made it perfectly clear very quickly that nobody was out of it just yet.

"I like every one of the schools on my list. I'm pretty much wide open to whatever the different coaches have to say."

If there is one underlying key to snagging Goodman's signature, it might just be his track and field aspirations. Teams had better be willing to let him run sprinting events, just as much as your willing to let him run post patterns.

"I want to definitely play both sports in college. None of the teams on my list have objected to me running track so far. A few of the schools have even spoke to me about playing basketball, but that's not a huge priority for me right now."

Goodman loves the hardcourt game an awful lot, but he realizes that his best shot to be a star on the next level is playing with the pigskin. Being offered D-1 scholarships in three different sports is a feat accomplished by a rare few in NCAA history. Demiko Goodman can add his name to that short list, and prove to everyone in the process that he is one of the best athletes in the class of 2004.

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