While most kids grew up fans of USC, Notre Dame, and other national football powers, Goodwin's story of his decision to follow Wake Forest is not just based on wins or national titles. "When I was in middle school, my brother got some letters from Wake," he said. "That was cool and we had NCAA football and they were Demon Deacons and black and gold. They had a good mascot and cool colors so I liked them then."
"I looked into it more and people said it was a great academic school," Goodwin continued. "I didn't pay attention to that then but I do now. Then they got guys like Aaron Curry and went to the Orange Bowl. I jumped on the bandwagon at a good time and as I got older and researched more about the school, I knew it was for me."
It all came to fruition on Sunday when Goodwin committed to Wake Forest. "Really I decided on Friday night, Saturday that I was going to do it," Goodwin said. "I had talked it over with my parents and siblings. I was going to wait until I got home Sunday and when I got home, I saw another offensive lineman committed. I said ‘Wow, we are going to get two on the same day.'"
Goodwin then called the Demon Deacon coaching staff to let them know the good news. "I called Coach Lobo. It was late, about 9:30. I said ‘I saw you got another commit and without trying to sound like a copycat, I want to commit to Wake Forest.' He was quiet at first. He said ‘Hunter, I'm now smiling ear to ear.'"
Goodwin and Lobo continued their conversation. "I was excited I made the decision that felt like the right decision and he was excited the decision was Wake. We talked about how great Wake was and it was confirmation that it was the right choice."
Prior to his commitment, Goodwin held offers from Maryland and West Virginia and heavy contact from UConn, South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, and a host of other schools.