Goodman Has Double-Digit Offers

After a strong showing at the IMG Madden 7on7 West Regional Tournament, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive back Tahaan Goodman will head to Nationals with his team, B2G 5-Stars. Goodman holds double-digit offers and has taken a few visits, but will take his time coming to a decision...

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive back Tahaan Goodman proved yet again this past weekend with a strong performance at the IMG Madden West Regional 7on7 Tournament just why he has collected double-digit offers. Goodman's team, B2G 5-Stars, took home the championship while qualifying for the national tournament.

"I'm just trying to reach my goal of being the number one safety in the nation and play with my team and get a championship out here. I'm a team captain, so I get everyone hyped," he said.

The 6'2 1/2", 190 lb. prospect, who lists his size, strength, and speed as some of his top qualities, has already taken visits to a few programs on the West Coast.

"I've visited UCLA, Arizona State, California, and USC, and I went to USC's practice. It was great; I liked the coaches and I like everyone there. I liked the players, and I knew a lot of them," he said.

While on these visits, there are a few things Goodman keeps an eye out for.

"I just want to see how the coaches treat the players and I want to ask the players how they like the school and how the students like the school, too," he said.

Goodman has had the opportunity to talk with different coaches and is receiving similar feedback from each of the programs.

"Every school I've really talked to is losing a lot of defensive backs at my position, so they are saying that I could most likely start freshman year and that they could give me a chance," he said.

For Goodman, just how important is early playing time?

"That's definitely something that's big for me; I could go in and play three years, and hopefully graduate early, too. I love competition. It makes people better; it's what makes the whole team good," he said.

Recently, cornerback Chris Hawkins, who is Goodman's teammate on both B2G and at Rancho, committed to USC and has been talking up the Trojans to his friend.

"Every day Chris comes to me with a theme song and tells me I'm going to be a Trojan, but I just have to wait it out. Everyone has their own path, and I'm just trying to find mine. I want to commit after my last official, maybe after the Army game, but I don't know," he said.

In the meantime, Goodman will continue training with B2G and has a few areas he's really been focusing on.

"I've been working on coverage and footwork and just being a ball hawk and making plays," said Goodman.

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