Stepping Stones: Zaviar Gooden

Pflugerville DB/WR Zaviar Gooden has emerged the past season as one of the top prospects in all of Central Texas, possessing a great combination of 4.4 speed in forty and great size and range Gooden is a player to watch.

The PHS DB/WR stands in at 6'1 200 pounds and he boasts a 265 pound bench press max along with a 405 pound squat max and an impressive 36 inch vertical leap. Gooden as a sophomore earned second team all-district honors on the defensive side of the ball, but he was even more impressive as a junior earning first team all 14-5A honors on defense and second team honors on offense. Gooden posted over 800 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns, Gooden who has great versatility can play either running back or wide receiver.

Besides starring on the gridiron for the Panthers, Gooden is also proficient in other sports. Zaviar runs the 4x100 and 4x400 relays for the Panthers track team and he is outfielder on Pflugerville's baseball team. "My biggest strength is my versatility, I can do lots of different things on the field. My speed and agility are also big assets for me, this off-season I want to work on improving my all-around game and getting stronger," said Gooden. The Pflugerville DB/WR already holds an offer from Baylor, however there are several other schools interested in landing Gooden. Iowa, Ohio State, Texas, LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Notre Dame have all shown interest in the Pflugerville defensive back.

Last summer Zaviar kept busy with seven on seven along with attending mini-camps at Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M. This summer may not be quite as busy for the Pflugerville DB, as he plans on playing seven on seven once again along with attending the Nike Combine at Texas A&M.

Academics, tradition and how he bonds with the coaching staff will all play big factors in determing where one of Central Texas' top prospects lands. Don't look for a final decision from Zaviar until after the 2007 season, Zaviar plans on focusing his energy on getting the Panthers back to the playoffs and making that stay an extended one. With several key performers back, Zaviar could follow through on his goals in 2007.


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