Goodwin on the verge

Washington just picked up verbal commitments from three offensive linemen Wednesday, but now that they have the beef, they are looking for some wheels. Enter D'Andre Goodwin. Goodwin, a teammate of Andre Crenshaw's at Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, Calif., is going to visit a Pac-10 school this weekend while his teammate visits another.

Antelope Valley Head Coach Jon Fleming was effusive when asked about his 6-foot, 170-pound athlete. "D'Andre is a player that has a lot of intangibles - speed, athleticism, agility - those are things you can't coach," Fleming said of Goodwin. Fleming added that Goodwin's top 40 time is 4.43 and he also boasts a 37-inch vertical jump. He also runs track, with 10.67 his best time in the 100 meter dash.

Fleming added that Goodwin has been offered by Idaho, Idaho State, Northern Arizona Hawaii and Washington. He's already visited Idaho and Idaho State

"He's going to Washington this weekend on a recruiting trip," said Fleming. "He was supposed to be going to Hawaii." He'll be leaving for Seattle on Saturday afternoon after taking the SAT.

Goodwin is being recruited for Washington by Chris Tormey. UW Head Coach Tyrone Willingham talked to Goodwin's mother Tuesday night.

Goodwin was a big play specialist for the 'Lopes in 2005. He had a long run of 72 yards and a long catch of 81. Overall, he ran the ball 23 times for 245 yards, and caught 20 passes for 400 yards. Combined, Goodwin scored five times on offense, and four more times on defense and special teams. On defense, he had 55 total tackles and eight interceptions for 250 yards.

"He's got raw talent, and I think once he gets the chance to focus on one position he will excel," added Fleming.

With that blend of size and speed, you would think the recruiting attention would already be much stronger than it is, especially considering Goodwin has a top D1 prospect in teammate Crenshaw. "I think the biggest thing is that most schools wanted him as a cornerback, and he really wants to get a shot at receiver," said Fleming.

The Huskies are giving him that shot.

"I like them a lot, but I have to talk it over with my Mom," Goodwin said of a possible verbal commitment to Washington on his upcoming visit. "I think that's where I'm going to be at."

Goodwin transfered to Antelope Valley from Sylmar, and as such knows a current Washington player - cornerback Clarence 'Dre Simpson.

And another thing in the Huskies' favor? Crenshaw is seriously considering them. "We both like Washington," Goodwin said of Crenshaw. "He likes Oregon too." Crenshaw is visiting Eugene the same time Goodwin heads to Seattle.

So is it conceivable that both go to the same school? "It's not their intention (to be a package deal), but if you had a buddy that was going to that school, I would think it would be nice to have a friend around," said Fleming.

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