2012 Greenwood RB D.J. Goodman has been on the radar for the Scout.com team for quite some time. After some outstanding performances during combines and early on in his career for the Eagles colleges are making him a priority early on. Goodman's list of schools currently recruiting him reads like a who's who list of some of the best college football programs in the country. With his team heading into the AAAA playoffs next week we caught up with the talented prospect for the very latest.
Helping the Eagles to a 10-1 record so far Goodman has been one of the main catalysts for his team during his junior season. Their only loss came at the hands of the defending AAAA Division 1 state champions, Dorman, in a 35-28 battle. Heading into the playoffs next week Goodman talked about his mentality heading into "the second season."
"I basically just want to take it one game at a time just keep working hard in practice so me and my team can be ready to try to compete for a state title."
So far this season Goodman's numbers don't jump out at you but with his team's record standing at 10-1 it's hard to argue with their success.
"I've got 548 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns but my offense runs the wing-T. On defense I've got 22 tackles, 1 interception, and I think like 5 pass breakups."
The list of schools that Goodman is hearing from prominently tells you that he is indeed a special talent. He recited the list of the schools he keeps in touch with on a weekly basis.
"The main schools I'm hearing from now are Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina State, Alabama, and a couple more but those are the main ones that I've talked to personally. Right now Georgia and Clemson are recruiting me pretty strong, but I'm wide open until I get some offers."
The 5'11 192 pound prospect says he's visited Georgia multiple times and also made a trip to Alabama. Goodman says he also visited Alabama when they played Florida.
With no verbals to date Goodman says he feels a couple of schools could be pretty close to offering.
"I think that Georgia, Clemson, and NC State will be offering me soon."
Will being the first college to offer help a program's chances with Goodman?
"Depending on who does offer me first, I would definitely take a look at them."
On the field Goodman has seen plenty of talent playing with the Eagles but one opponent in particular stands out in his memory as the toughest so far.
"The best player I've played against was Quinshad Davis from Gaffney. He was pretty good. We battled a couple of times."
Goodman's plans for this offseason include a trip to San Antonio to compete in the U.S. Army All American combine. He says there's also a good chance that he'll camp with a few schools in hopes of landing some offers.
SCPrepNation.com and the Scout.com team will be keeping a close eye on D.J. Goodman as he helps his squad as they enter the AAAA playoffs this week and we'll give you the very latest regarding his recruitment as well so stay tuned right here!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS....D.J. Goodman
Bench press: 275 pounds
Squat: 405 pounds
Power clean: 295 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.48 seconds
Vertical: 36 inches
D.J. says he compares his running style to Adrian Peterson. "Because he's tall, powerful, and drags defenses just like me."