Committed to the Golden Bears since August 1, Goode has remained solid to Cal but has opened his eyes to a few others, especially Vanderbilt.
The Commodores officially offered Goode at the beginning of December and remained hot his trail ever since. The Texas linebacker has a lot of tools that fit inside the Commodores 3-4 defense while also having untapped potential as a pass rusher.
This weekend will be the first time that Goode has been on Vanderbilt’s campus and he is excited about not only seeing the atmosphere but also taking in everything the city of Nashville has to offer.
“I’m looking forward to getting up to Nashville this weekend and not only enjoying the city but also having the chance to learn more about Vanderbilt University,” said Goode. “I’ve been building a good relationship with the staff at Vanderbilt, so I’m excited to see what’s going on up there. I’ve heard good things about the campus and even done some research, so I’m expecting a fun time this weekend.”
Goode has high praise for Vanderbilt, including the Commodores new linebackers coach Chris Marve.
“Coach Marve is my main recruiter and he speaks very highly about Coach Mason and the football team but also the advantages of attending a college like Vanderbilt,” Goode said. “I like Coach Marve a great bit. He is very energetic and seems like a real bright man. Vanderbilt is a great college and a place I know that could set up my future in a major way.”
For the time being, Goode is prepared to take his time over the next few weeks before he is ready to make a final decision on where he plans to attend college.
He is still committed to California but the Golden Bears do have competition from both Vanderbilt and Nebraska.
This weekend the 3-star linebacker will be in Nashville and next week he will make a trip back out west to the see Cal. Goode has already officially visited Nebraska and after the next two visits, he should be ready to decide.
“I mainly have things between California, Vanderbilt and Nebraska and as of now, unless things change, I will make my final commitment after my visits are done,” he said. “I really like what each of the three schools offer me, so I want to make these two visits to see what sets everyone apart.”
What could set Vanderbilt from the others is not only are they strong academically but they also play in the conference that just produced a national championship and that’s the SEC.
“Academics are a big deal to me, so Vanderbilt has that but so does California. Vandy does play in the SEC though and that’s where all the best talent is. It really is a hard decision between the schools I’m looking at but it’s hard not noticing certain factors about each school.”
Vanderbilt has yet to receive a commitment from a linebacker in the 2016 class. One or two players could transition to linebacker but Goode would be the first, if a commitment came from him.