Citrus College WR Samora Goodson

Citrus College wide receiver Samora Goodson may be short on football experience -- but at 6-4 he's not short. And his 4.4 forty time would not be considered slow. Four-year coaches who watched Citrus spring practices generally came away impressed with Goodson's combination of size, speed, and playmaking abilities. Two Pac-10 programs are among those who called him in May.

In high school Goodson was primarily a basketball player. It wasn't until his senior year at Hayward High School in the Oakland, Calif. area that Goodson turned out for football. Goodson didn't exactly light the world on fire: "I spent one year on the bench," he said through chuckles. But an opposing coach from Bishop O'Dowd High School, who was joining the Citrus College coaching staff, saw potential in Goodson and told him to get in touch if he wanted to develop his football skills further.

Goodson called the coach and ended up at Citrus, where he redshirted in 2002. "I spent that first year redshirting and learning. I feel like I caught on pretty fast, just listening to what head coach Kevin Emerson told me," said Goodson.

Last season, Goodson averaged in the neighborhood of 12 snaps per game as the 4th receiver in a 3-wide set. He says that coaches put him in to make big plays, and not as a possession receiver. His two best games were against Glendale (4 rec. for 84 yds.) and Grossmont (3 rec. and 1 TD).

Goodson's coaches know that the learning curve is still high, but feel that 2004 will be their pupil's breakout season.

"Samora has come into his own in this last year. His work ethic has made him a big-time player. He will be a go to player for us in 2004," said head coach Emerson.

His performance during spring practices created a buzz among visiting four-year colleges. Nevada, Washington, Oregon State, and San Diego State were among the programs that contacted him in May. Goodson says that Oregon State and Washington seemed to show the most interest. Whichever program signs him next May will be getting someone who is confident in his ability to contribute.

"I like to be the go-to guy. I have a confidence that when the ball is in the air, it's going to be mine. I'm 6-4 and I can also jump pretty high and come down with the ball," said Goodson, who readily admits the need be heavier. He's currently 180 pounds.

In addition to adding weight, Goodson is trying to lower his forty time from the mid-4.4 range to a 4.3. If genetics count then one might think Goodson can get faster. His aunt was a sprinter on the Jamaican Olympics team and both of his parents ran track too. Goodson says he'll spend the summer "running hills and catching footballs." It's worth noting that Goodson's pro-agility (shuttle) is sub-4.0, which shows quickness and athleticism to go with his straight-ahead speed.

The odds of Goodson having a big season are enhanced by the return of sophomore quarterback, Steve Payne (6-4, 200). He has a big, accurate arm and should be a D1 recruit.


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