Will Goodwin play two sports at Texas?

Rowlett track and football star Marquise Goodwin is very likely the best athlete in the state of Texas in the 2009 class. The 5-10, 170-pounder is currently preparing for this weekend 5A Region II track meet. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Goodwin to discuss his plans for the fall and his preparation for his last high school meets.

Rowlett senior jumper and sprinter Marquise Goodwin is already a four-time state champion and is hoping to add more gold medals to an already impressive collection. With the 5A Region II meet slated for Friday and Saturday in Waco, the future Longhorn is already thinking about the state meet and finishing his high school career with another scintillating performance.

"The regional meet is Friday and Saturday in Waco," Goodwin said. "I'll compete in the long jump, triple jump, the hundred, 4x100 and two hundred. I haven't even come close to peaking. I know at state in the 100 and long jump I can peak. I've been working on some mechanical stuff in the hundred as far as my start and reaching my top end speed quicker. As a team, we have finished second or third at most meets this year, which is right where we need to finish to get to state as a team."

With season best of 25-2 in the long jump, 49-10 in the triple jump and 10.27 in the hundred, Goodwin is behind in his career best in both jumps. At last year's state meet, Goodwin jumped 26-1 ½ in the long jump, won the triple jump and was a member of the winning 4x100 relay team. He also finished second in the 100-meters at 10.38 and third as a member of another relay team.

A question on many Longhorn fans' minds is will Goodwin put on the shoulder pads and play football at Texas. Goodwin, who was offered by nearly every Big 12 program in football, says it's still an option and he will speak with the Texas football coaches after track season is finished.

"I'm still planning everything out. I don't have any idea right now, but I want to play. After the track season is over, I'm going to talk with the Texas coaches. The coaches have always shown an interest in me playing, but I haven't talked with them in a while with it being track season. I know I will run track the whole time I'm at Texas. Football would be a bonus, but track is number one," Goodwin said.

Should Goodwin play football at Texas, he would remain on track scholarship until he enters a game.

"I've been told as long as I don't touch the field (in a game), I'm still on track scholarship. When I play, I have to be on football scholarship," Goodwin said.

Goodwin, who caught more than 125 passes for over 1,700 yards in three varsity football seasons, says he has loved the Longhorns for as long as he can remember.

"Texas is the school I've always wanted to go to. I'm from Lubbock and down the road from Texas Tech, but I grew up wanting to go to Texas. I moved to Garland in the seventh grade. I know a lot of people going to Texas and feel comfortable. Jared Norton went to Rowlett and his family is friends."

Goodwin was selected to the 10-5A first team in 2008.

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