What Goodman is Looking For

The Opening was another opportunity for Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) defensive back Tahaan Goodman to showcase his ability on a national stage. The talented safety again proved he's an elite player and had a very good weekend...

It has been a great spring/summer for Tahaan Goodman and few players out West have seen their stock rise more since the end of football season last winter. He has starred in every event he has played in and is deserving of his lofty national rating.

He's a big safety who could swing between either safety spot and said some schools even feel he could grow in to an outside ‘backer in certain schemes. He covers a ton of ground in the secondary, has good ball skills and brings a physical presence to the field as well.

"The Opening was a great event, so fun, getting geared up, it was everything I thought it would be," Goodman said. "I was real comfortable playing with some of the best players in the country, met a lot of new guys and I really enjoyed myself. I was little banged up, I turned my ankle a few weeks back but overall, I felt good out there."

On the recruiting front, Goodman wants to take all of his official visits and has one locked in for LSU.

"Me and Priest Willis are taking our visits together," Goodman said. "LSU is (Nov. 3) for the Alabama game. I know he mentioned Notre Dame and Nebraska and I still want to visit Hawaii too. I wouldn't mind seeing one of the Texas schools, maybe Oregon or Oklahoma or even Washington again.

"I took an unofficial visit to Washington and really liked it there. The players were great with me and my family and they have a nice balance between being a good team right now but still having room to come up. They have Shaq (Thompson) at safety but not really anyone else and I really want to play right away if I can."

Goodman talked more about what he's looking for in a school and touched more on the early playing time issue.

"For me, that's my No. 1 thing, I want to start as a true freshman," Goodman said. "I'll compete for it but I need to start and get on the field right away. I want to get to the NFL so I'm looking for a program that can help me get there. Of course I want to get my degree so I'm looking for that academic support and tutors and all that.

"I kind of like the idea of going in to a program and helping them come up. That's why UCLA is intriguing. They're down now but they have a great staff and I know Priest and I can get in there and make an early impact. At the same time, I want to win so I need to make sure that the school we choose isn't too far down. That's why Washington is a good fit. They're right in the middle of coming up but having a lot of talent in the program.

"Then you have a school like USC that is already on top and they have so much talent already there and they're bringing in a great class. That's definitely a plus because I want to play with other good players but at the same time, I want to make sure there's a fit for me where I can have that early impact. It's a lot to think about and my plan is to really watch these teams during the season before making my decision."

Goodman said he could commit during the season or wait until the Army All-American game.

"As soon as I know, I'll go ahead and do it," Goodman said. "I want to watch these teams to see how I would fit in, see their style of play and just get a good feel for them. If I know during the middle of the college season, I'll go ahead and commit then. If not, I could wait until the Army game, I'm just playing it by ear right now.

"It's a lot to think about but it's cool having someone like Priest to go through the process with. A lot of people always say package deals or whatever don't happen but I really think there's a 98 or 99% chance we'll play together. We have similar personalities, we like the same schools and we're looking for the same things in a college. When we met, we really clicked right away and we've been kind of inseparable ever since."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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