Watching a player develop before your very eyes is a thing of beauty at times. That's just the case for us when it comes to 2010 Southside QB Justin Goldsmith. Currently the junior prospect is helping to guide his team into a showdown with undefeated Strom Thurmond High School this Friday in the second round of the AA state playoffs. We caught up with Goldsmith to talk about his season, matchup this week, and his recruitment in the latest edition of our "UP NEXT" series.
Win by win the Southside Tigers football team has worked hard to change the mindset of what many people consider "a basketball school." With 2500+ yards passing yards and 33 touchdowns currently Justin Goldsmith is among the state's leaders. It was an early season matchup where we first saw the junior showcase some of the skills that have helped him put up those superb stats. "Yeah that East Burke game you were at was probably my best ever. I had 6 passing touchdowns with 419 yards. It was our most important game then because they were ranked #5 in their classification in North Carolina. Nobody thought we were going to win that game so that would definitely have to be the biggest game for me so far."
Standing 6'0 160 pounds Goldsmith isn't a big prospect physically but he's been able to make all of the throws necessary to be a player to watch closely as he continues his playoff run and this offseason. In fact Goldsmith has recently shown some very good mobility despite reporting a 4.8 second time in the 40 yard dash running for 5 rushing touchdowns in recent weeks which brings his total to 38 touchdowns overall.
All season as Goldsmith and the Tigers have battled the doubters it's been a long and arduous journey. Justin recalled one of the toughest matchups so far in his career in taking on the undefeated Daniel Lions from the AAA ranks. "Daniel was the toughest team we've faced because of their team speed on defense. They were all good but I kept seeing #52 all night in my face. They also have Jerrodd Williams and DeAndre Hopkins in the defensive backfield."
So once again the Tigers will face another undefeated team in Strom Thurmond High this Friday. "We watched film on them today and yesterday. We are the top offense in AA and they haven't faced a team like us this year. I think we can beat them if we play our game. They have a good front and good linebacking corps. I'm not sure if their secondary can keep up with our wide receivers so we'll have to see on Friday. It will be a good game."
So far Goldsmith has yet to hear from any colleges but that should all change soon. "I'd like to hear from Clemson because they are close by but I want to hear from anybody that wants to recruit me so it really doesn't matter."
Already Justin has a few thoughts in mind about what he'll be looking at closely when checking out potential colleges. "Education first and foremost. Then I'll think about distance second. You know how many times I'll be able to see my family on the holidays and stuff like that. Third would have to be playing time."
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Inside The Numbers...Justin Goldsmith
Bench press: 160 (max last season)
Squat: 315 (max last season)
Fastest 40 time: 4.8 seconds
GPA: Reports a 3.0
Scout's Take: It's still early and right now we'd say Goldsmith is a FCS prospect. Should he grow another couple of inches and add some strength/weight to his frame then he's got a chance to be a mid-major prospect. He's being taught by former Greer High star QB Mazzie Drummond and he has grown by leaps and bounds since the previous offseason. A growth spurt and a good showing on the camp/combine circuit could land him some early interest. Continues to develop all of the throws necessary to be a player on the next level working with Drummond so it'll be interesting to see where he's at with his game come this offseason.