Last week 2012 Greenwood High running back D.J. Goodman traveled to Athens Georgia to participate in Dawg Night where some of the top prospects converged to showcase their talents for the Bulldogs. The trip proved to be a good one for Goodman as he tested and competed at a high level while there. We caught up with him to get the very latest about his time in Athens and everything else regarding his recruitment currently.
Asked about his time in Athens Goodman had this to say, "Yeah I went down there and camped it was set up nice. They made it sort of like a Junior Day and it was very good competition."
So how did Goodman felt he performed during Dawg Night and what was his favorite part of his trip?
"Yeah I ran pretty good. I ran a 4.45 in the 40 and jumped a 10'4 broad jump. They said it was a great time. I knew it was something big because they all gathered around after I ran it."
"I'll say the best part was competing in the drills and the one on ones and seven on sevens. I feel like I did really good and went 100 percent."
Aside from his trip to Georgia Goodman says he hasn't been to visit many schools this off season but he told us of the ones he has seen.
"I really haven't been on any other visits lately besides North Carolina State earlier in the summer and South Carolina. I'll be back at South Carolina for their showcase this week. Things have went good every time I go to USC, it's just like I'm at home and the coaches are real cool."
Goodman is still awaiting his first scholarship offer but he says that may change in the near future.
"Toledo is the only one that really stands out as far as possibly offering goes. Their defensive backs coach said that he was getting ready to offer me a scholarship so that's good news."
This off season Goodman and the Eagles of Greenwood have been on the seven on seven circuit working on their timing and chemistry. With summer almost over Goodman reflected on how things have gone thus far for his squad.
"It's been good. We've been dominating the other schools offensively and defensively so we've been executing pretty good. We're coming along good. Everybody has been grinding and got the right mind set to win, we're looking foward to doing big things this year!"
Having competed in various seven on seven events have any other teams really caught Goodman's eye?
"Yeah it was a couple schools at the PC passing league 7on7 that were very good. We played Butler High School from North Carolina but we still beat them. Strom Thurmond was a team that we competed with well too, those boys know how to execute the passing game real good."
As mentioned before Goodman is still waiting on offer number one. Many around the Greenwood community and Upstate are pretty surprised he hasn't picked up multiple offers early on. Goodman talked about the situation in depth with us as he's using it as further motivation to push him to work even harder.
"Yeah it definitely does provide a lot of motivation because when you start your freshmen year at a school like Greenwood a lot of people expected me to have early offers. I've really never worried about it but yeah it fuels my game a lot. That's one reason why I've worked so hard this off season. Even though I've always been a hard worker, I feel I haven't ever worked harder in my career than now. I realize its the small things that make you a better athlete and I feel like some schools really are missing out on me."
That being said expect Goodman to come out highly fired up to put up huge numbers this season in order to pull in offers from schools and SCPrepNation.com will be here to keep you up to date about his recruitment and development.
Opponents will see a highly motivated D.J. Goodman this season