Atmosphere Impresses Texas Safety

Taking his second scheduled official visit, Texas prep safety Roderick Goodlow experienced all that Wisconsin had to offer, a weekend visit that left the safety impressed with Madison and the Badgers.

MADISON - After visiting Notre Dame on his first official college visit at the beginning of the month, Texas prep safety Roderick Goodlow was looking forward to heading back to the Midwest for another taste of blue-collared football.

On an official visit to Madison last weekend for Wisconsin's matchup against the Gophers, Goodlow got to experience another solid college football environment.

"Probably a 10," said Goodlow when asked to rank his trip. "It was real good. I got to see most of the campus and all that Wisconsin had to offer. I got to look at all the football (facilities), check out the locker room and talk to all the different coaches."

Arriving on Friday, 85th-ranked safety and three-star prospect got a grand tour of the campus and was hosted by cornerbacks Aaron Henry and Devin Smith (a Texas native) along with sophomore safety, and fellow Texan, Jay Valai.

"They showed me around the campus a little bit and told me all about Wisconsin," Goodlow said. "They all have great personalities, were real positive and a lot of fun to hang around with."

While the campus and football environment stood out to him, Goodlow ranked Camp Randall's game day experience right at the top in terms of enjoyable things on the weekend.

"It was a real good game," said Goodlow of Wisconsin's 14-point second-half comeback against Minnesota. "Looking at them since the Illinois game, they have played better and they got better and better as the game went on. The defense has stepped it up for them and I liked that."

Being apart of his first college football rivalry, Goodlow, who has scholarship offers from the likes of Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin, was impressed with the atmosphere from the student section and the Badger students' post-third quarter tradition of ‘Jump Around.'

"The fans and the students were real into the game and at the beginning of the fourth quarter, ‘Jump Around' was real exciting to see," said Goodlow, who admitted to jumping around to keep warm. "I didn't know that they did that all. It was something they told me about and it was just crazy seeing everybody. That's something that can get you motivated with all the fans jumping when you are down on the field. It was a whole lot to take in and made for a fun atmosphere."

After the game, Goodlow got a chance to talk to head coach Bret Bielema, defensive coordinator Dave Doeren and recruiting coach Kerry Cooks and was given the same message.

"They told me that they hoped I had a good time here. They told me that ‘This is what Wisconsin is' and that ‘I would have a good time playing here,'" he said.

With Goodlow still planning official visits to Northwestern (Nov.22) and Kansas (Dec.12), the prep safety is waiting until he takes all four of his official visits before he ranks his top choices.

With the Badgers providing a big win on the field, Wisconsin also made an impact in the stands with Goodlow.

"Every school that I have gone to has been just as good as Madison," he said. "After my last visit, I am going to rank my top five schools. Everybody is still equal but I am going to commit, hopefully, by Christmas."

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