Hunter Goodwin talks Wake Forest visit

Driving home from his visit to Wake Forest, Hunter Goodwin shared some weekend highlights and Deacon pride. Committed to playing for the Deacs in the fall, the high school senior is headed back to Maryland for his final semester at Gilman School.

"This was my only official visit," said the 6-5, 280 athlete. "I committed last April, so I was fine with only visiting once."

Goodwin passed up an offer from his home state, Maryland, as well as one from West Virginia in favor of Wake.

"It was really great," he continued about the trip. "It gave me a real look at the amount of work I have ahead of me. It was a nice little indicator, especially meeting with the professors."

"We got there Friday, and got to hang out with Coach Lambert and Lobo, my position coach (Offensive Coordinator). We met both of their wives, went around campus, and sat down with a few professors to talk with them."

"We were just getting a feel of the school; it gave us a chance to meet all of the the coaches, some other commits, and sit down and talk with them all." The Baltimore native made his visit with current teammate and good friend (and hopefully for the Deacs, future teammate), Darius Jennings.

"Friday was really just me and Darius," Goodwin said. "We got to hang out with a lot of the team, then Saturday got up pretty early and started an official tour of the weight room, football office, academic help, and the campus."

With no remaining visits and only a few months before joining his new team, the athlete's confidence in his choice was clear.

"I love the academics," he said of his future University. "But one of my favorite parts is the coaches. They're there for more than just the football; they're really trying to develop you as a person and player, and are people you can bond with within the four or five years you're playing for them."

Although his own enthusiasm seems enough, the offensive lineman's family supports him wholeheartedly as well.

"I was just talking to my parents," he said while driving back to their home. "They told me they were always very happy with my decision, but now after coming to my official with me, they're completely on board. They've finally been given the opportunity to see what I'll be going through."

Goodwin concluded, "They wouldn't want me anywhere else."

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