Looking to the North

Holding scholarship offers throughout the southern United States, Adamson H.S. defensive back Roderick Goodlow figured that he would wind up in the Big XII or SEC. Wisconsin, however, is looking to throw a wrench in the works.

Roderick Goodlow figured he'd be playing college football somewhere in the south.

Holding scholarship offers from the Big 12 (Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas Tech), the Pac 10 (Arizona) the SEC (Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana Tech), his options to the north were limited, as only Northwestern had extended a scholarship.

That all changed last week, as Wisconsin offered to Goodlow and it appears that the Badgers are now one of his favorites.

"It's very exciting to get a scholarship offer from Wisconsin," Goodlow told Badger Nation. "They have been talking to me for a couple of months and it's nice that they finally offered. I really want to come up and visit because I really like the Wisconsin program."

A big physical safety, Goodlow is a hard hitter that likes to get his nose to the football. Goodlow finished his junior season with 109 tackles and four interceptions and shows plenty of strength, benching 275 pounds, squatting 405 pounds, a 4.54 40-yard dash time and has a well above-average 32-inch vertical leap.

"Right now, I am just trying to get better, faster and stronger. Things like that," Goodlow. "I want to do what I have to do to help out my team next year. I don't care what the situation is, but I am going to bring my game."

Goodlow has visited Baylor and Texas for the school's junior day and traveled to College Station for Texas A&M's spring game. He plans to make all his visits in the fall and is going to start narrowing down his list before the start of his senior season.

"I really don't have a favorite right now because I haven't seen all the schools," he said. "I can say though that Wisconsin would be high on my list."

A couple of weeks ago, the Badgers weren't even on Goodlow's radar. Goodlow had been heavily courted by Nebraska and Northwestern in recent weeks and he had practically forgotten about his visit with assistant coach Kerry Cooks at his high school weeks before.

"I was kind of surprised that they were interested in me," Goodlow said. "The first time I met them is when Coach Cooks came to my school. They watched me work and I did some things that I guess he liked. I am honored that they want me."

Wherever Goodlow goes, it's a good bet that the high-school linebacker/projected college defensive back would enroll a semester early so that he start working out with the team for spring football.

"I would like to commit either before the season or a couple of games into my senior season," Goodlow said. "I am graduating in December, so I don't want to wait till after the season but I would like for some schools to come and watch me play a real game in my final season. I really would like to do it before so I can focus on my season but we'll see what happens."

Also, Goodlow's recruitment depends on what the University of Texas does. Goodlow really loves the University of Texas but the interest from the Longhorns has been minimal.

For the moment, however, Wisconsin remains near the top of Goodlow's list.

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