Ready to Move: Hunter Goodwin

Hunter Goodwin's final days at The Gilman School, a prestigious preparatory boys school in Baltimore, are upon him. In just weeks, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman will matriculate and move to Winston-Salem to join the Demon Deacon football program.

"It was a great experience," said Hunter Goodwin on playing for the Gilman Greyhounds. "I played against good competition, a lot of future D1 players, and received great coaching.

"In my senior season I felt like I gained a better overall understanding of the game, blocking schemes, knowledge of what to look for in defenses. That kind of thing."

Goodwin was named 1st team All-State as a senior, 1st team All-Baltimore Metro by the Baltimore Sun, and All-Conference (MIAA) for the second straight year. He was selected to a number of All-Star games including Team U.S.A. vs. the World in Austin, Texas.

"I think I played pretty well in the game," Goodwin said, "but I suffered a concussion in the second half that kept me out of training for awhile. That was back in February, I'm fine now and have been lifting and throwing for track in the shot put and discus. The coaches told me what to lift, so I've been working out doing specific lifts with trainers and friends."

Goodwin committed to Wake Forest in April of 2010. He also had offers from Maryland and West Virginia. Since signing day, Goodwin hasn't been able to make a trip down to Winston-Salem, but stays in close contact with coaches and future teammates.

"I check in with Coach Lobo (Steed Lobotzke) pretty often," said Goodwin. "I really wanted to go to the spring game, but wasn't able to make it. I talked to a few guys in my recruiting class who were there and asked them how it went. I'm not sure yet on who I'll be rooming with. I'll find out closer to when I'll get there in July."

The Gilman School gradates their seniors on June 5th, and Goodwin plans to be on Wake Forest's campus a month later on July 5th.

"I want to go in prepared," Goodwin stated. "My goal is to impress the coaches in any way I can. I put on a little weight in the off-season. I played this season at around 290-295, and I'm right at 300 (pounds). It's exciting. I can't wait to get there."

Goodwin wore No. 76 for the Greyhounds, however, he's not sure yet the number he'll wear for the Demon Deacons.

In addition to the Team U.S.A. All-State game, he also participated in the Maryland Crab Bowl and the Chesapeake Bowl.

The Wake Forest staff has enjoyed recent success at Gilman. Linebacker Joey Ehrmann, part of the '09 class, is a former Greyhound. This year, for the class of 2012, they have extended an offer to Greyhound running back, Cyrus Jones.

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