The Greenwood faithful have been witnesses to 2012 running back D.J. Goodman's talent the past three seasons. He's started at running back ever since he was a freshman. The talented prospect is currently rated a 3-star back by Scout.com and with spring practice underway college coaches have been checking in at Greenwood High to see Goodman and some of his teammates. We caught up with the running back prospect for an update over the weekend to see just who has been by to see him this spring and more.
With a long list of schools in the mix Goodman says he's got some tentative plans to hit the road and see some colleges this off season.
"The only visits I have planned so far are to a couple of camps the schools that came by to see me. Those are the ones I plan on going to for now, hopefully I can make it to all of them."
We asked Goodman if any school(s) in particular was recruiting him harder than everyone else currently involved?
"Really they all are recruiting me the same, but NC State kind of stands out the most. I'd say the ones that are recruiting me the hardest are NC State, Georgia, and South Carolina. I look forward to hearing more from East Carolina too. They seem like they have a real big time program even though I've never visited with them yet. Plus Chris Johnson is my idol so they stand out a lot to me."
As mentioned before the 3-star has yet to land his first scholarship offer. Many in the Greenwood community are baffled as to why he hasn't been offered yet. Goodman though takes things in stride and talked about it.
"Yeah I'm still waiting for my first offer to come but I really never have worried about it because I know that it's part of the recruiting process and it's something I can't control. Some people expected me to have early offers because I've been a 4 year starter at running back but sometimes that isn't always the case. I'm just going to keep focusing on what's important, which is my senior season and hopefully some offers will come."
Looking ahead to his senior season Goodman talked about just how focused he is and what areas of his craft as a running back that he's really made strides to improve.
I'd say my speed and power has improved a lot but most definitely my speed because I've been working out at my brother's (former Greenwood High and USC standout Jay Spearman) speed camp and he was helping me improve my hip flexibility, stance, start, and other drills to help my speed come down. I ended up running times of 4.4, 4.44 and 4.47 at a combine recently so he has helped me out a lot with my speed. I'm aiming for a 4.3 right now."
Just talking with Goodman you can really get a sense of the fire that burns inside him about preparing himself for next season and the college level. We've watched him develop over the past 3 seasons and we asked him what college coaches should know about him and the heart and dedication he has for the game.
"I've always been one of the leaders on my team but now I'm trying to be even more of a leader and get my team ready for the season. I'm an extremely hard worker too. I grind hard in the weight room so it will carry over to the field. I help lead my team in crunch time situations. When I'm playing offense I think touchdown every time I touch the ball and when I play defense I think hit and hustle!"
Greenwood High RB D.J. Goodman