Goodman looks for offer from Dawgs

Where the Great Plains begin, Montana's top prospect plies his trade by catching passes and flattening defensive ends and outside linebackers, all the while envisioning himself doing the same in the Pac-10. He's Great Falls (Mont.) C.M. Russell TE Jason Goodman, the star of a team that has jumped to a 2-0 start. And at 6-5, 245 pounds, he's got the frame to go along with the desire and athleticism coaches will travel the extra mile to see.

Goodman's stock is such that coaches from the four corners of the country have jumped to investigate this tight end prospect living on the Highline.

"During the summer I pretty much got letters from all of the Pac-10 schools, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Colorado State, Michigan and Tennessee," Goodman told "I've got letters from Florida State and Miami--pretty much everywhere."

But as the summer wore on, Goodman began to take his recruitment more seriously, and this meant researching those researching him, and he began to examine very closely how teams use their tight ends, and whether his stated desire to be a multiple-threat off the line would match a team's offensive scheme. Before long, the University of Washington held a top spot for Goodman.

"I was really impressed with Washington," he said. "I mean with Jerramy Stevens, I've actually got to watch him in person before and he was a stud. And Kevin Ware last week caught quite a few balls, and I liked that."

Goodman also likes Colorado's use of their tight end, and mentioned Daniel Graham as someone he enjoyed watching. Along with an offer from the Buffaloes, Goodman has offers on the table from Montana, Montana State, Wyoming, and Missouri.

And while he's not received an offer from the Huskies as of yet, Bobby Hauck has clearly made it known that Goodman is his Montana priority. "He's supposed to call this week," Goodman said. But Hauck's interest in Goodman dates back to the Husky spring game that Goodman attended. "He came out to Great Falls [in May] and I couldn't really talk to him then, but when he called me in May we talked and he's a Montana boy.

"And he was just saying how he'd recruit me and play by year [in the fall] but that he'd recruit the hell out of me." The interest is apparently mutual as Goodman was glued to the set last Saturday and his affinity for the purple and gold may have surprised even himself. "I watched every play of the Washington-Michigan game. I wished I was on the U-Dub sideline. I mean, it would have been great to be in the Big House, and I've been getting stuff from Michigan too, but I was just disappointed that Michigan ended up winning on a field goal like that.

"And Greg Carothers--I played against him when I was a freshman--it was just tough to see those guys lose."

Goodman has yet to schedule any official visits to the schools that have offered, but look for Goodman to visit this fall as the Montana connection strengthens. Top Stories