Goods Changes His Horizon

The only expectation that you should hold in recruiting is that there will be surprises. The dynamics of the relationship between a 17-year old and any number of college programs are complex, and fast-changing. No current Stanford recruitment exemplifies this today better than Anthony Goods, who has been making news the last several weeks. His biggest shift, though, took place in the last couple days...

We reported a couple days ago that Corona (Calif.) Centennial High School combo guard Anthony Goods had cancelled his official visit to Stanford, which was set to start tonight and run through Tuesday. Goods was to be the third of three blue chip juniors taking visits at various times this weekend, though the shocking announcement Wednesday that Cardinal head coach Mike Montgomery was moving to the NBA for the Golden State Warriors job threw all three recruits for a loop. The first two scheduled visitors, Lawrence Hill and Bobby Frasor, both boarded their respective planes and made the trips. Goods, however, opted to stay at home and wait things out.

"I just feel more comfortable taking the visit when Stanford has a head coach in place," the 6'3" junior reports. "On my visit, I should have time spent with the coach. That is really important. I want the chance to get to know him in his environment, not out on a recruiting mission."

"If one of the [current] assistants doesn't get the job, then there would be a whole new staff and I would have to start all over," Goods continues. "I have talked this over with my mom and my [high school] coach, and we think this is the right thing to do."

With precious little time left this spring that the combo guard recruit could visit campus officially, that raises questions about how large of a setback this is for Stanford. As far as timeframe goes, Goods tells us that the movement is very significant.

"I'm just waiting until Stanford hires a new head coach," he begins. "If all goes well, hopefully I will visit in the fall. All my weekends are filled up right now. I am going with Dinos [Trigonis] next week to the Bob Gibbons in North Carolina, and then I have the Pangos All-American Camp. After that, I have finals at school."

The Cardinal are not the only recipients of cancellation news. Goods was set to officially visit Washington this spring, starting on June 1, but that visit has been moved to the fall as well.

"Coach [Lorenzo] Romar always said he wanted me to visit close to when I was going to make my decision, so it just makes sense to do that in the fall," the SoCal recruit explains. "This also gives me the chance to take an East Coast visit in the fall. We think this is the best thing for me."

"I was looking forward to these visits," he admits though about the cancelled trips to see the Cardinal and Huskies. "But everything happens for a reason."

Goods has spoken with the Stanford staff a couple times since the big news broke Wednesday, and he says they are supportive of his decision. That does not mean they did not continue to try and put Stanford in the best possible situation with him, though.

"They understood where I was coming from," the Centennial High School student-athlete comments. "They still wanted me to take the visit, but there were no hard feelings when I told them of my decision."

Keep in mind that the California Bears come out a winner in the short term, at least, with these decisions. Ben Braun has the advantage of hosting the only official visit this spring for Goods, and it will be several months before another suitor has the chance to catch up. Goods says that he has no plans for summer unofficial visits, either. Does this leave the door open for Cal to get a commitment from him in the coming weeks or months, if they applied any pressure?

"There is no way I'm going to make a decision after just one visit," Goods quickly answers.

The final remaining question, then, is how much the loss of Mike Montgomery affects how the affable junior recruit views Stanford as an attractive college option. Through much of the winter and spring, he has gone on the record stating that the Cardinal were his favorite. His feelings are in flux now, however.

"Regardless of who is the head coach at Stanford, it's still Stanford. As an academic school, a degree from Stanford sets you for life," Goods declares. "Coach Montgomery was a great coach, and he was a big part of what I loved about Stanford Basketball. It's hard to see a school as a leader, right now, without a head coach. This all makes me have to look at other schools right now. Everything will be better once Stanford has a head coach."

There it is. The recruitment of Anthony Goods is in limbo, and it does not appear we (or he) will gain clarity on the future of his recruitment and relationship with the Cardinal until a hire is made by Ted Leland. As currently planned, the chain of events is such that we are now looking at a fall decision from Goods after a number of fall visits. That means his performances in the July evaluation period will take on greater importance for all the schools evaluating him. We thought we were just a few weeks away from the end of this story, just a few days ago, but now this appears to have legs that will run for quite some time.

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