High School Standout Says AU His Leader

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Following his official visit to check out the Tigers, this prospect who has offers from SEC, ACC and Big 10 schools says the Tigers are his leader.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--St. Thomas Aquinas High School wide receiver Richard Goodman says his official visit to check out the Auburn University football program went "great" and he says he is very interested in considering AU as his college choice.

"Devin Aromashodu was my host," the 6-1, 175-pound receiver tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He is a great guy. He showed me around the school and like Coach (Eddie) Gran told me before I came, what you see is what you get. I liked everything I saw. Auburn is my leader."

Richard Goodman

Aromashodu was a high school star at Miami Springs, not too far from where Goodman plays. Gran, Auburn's running backs coach and special teams coach, recruits prospects in south Florida.

"The guys at Auburn are great," Goodman says. "Coach Gran told me that would be the case and I would see it when I came to Auburn and he was right.

"I like the way they do things with their offense," Goodman adds. "I like the way they accomplish things in their passing game. They run to set up the pass and when they do throw the passes they are successful because they have great running backs. I don't think they are pre-dominantly a run team even though they have a dominant running game."

Goodman helped his team reach the state championship game where they finished as the runnerup last week to Lakeland.

A transfer from Dillard High, in his first year as a starter at St. Thomas Aquinas he caught 40 passes for 501 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. As a returner he had nearly 700 total yards and three touchdowns, including an 89-yard kickoff return for a score.

Goodman, a former summer football camper at AU, has offers from a variety of colleges including the University of Florida, where he plans to visit next. He is also considering Purdue and North Carolina State, where he has a visit scheduled for Jan. 21st. However, he may change that schedule. "I am probably going to Florida on the 14th or 21st and see how things go," he says.

"Everything the Auburn coaches told me over the phone was true when I got there," Goodman says. "They didn't tell me any lies. They told me how it was going to be when I got there and that is the way it was."

"Auburn is a football team where everybody stays together. Whether they are playing video games, watching football or whatever, everybody does things together."

Goodman says he is carrying a 2.7 grade point average in his core classes and is waiting for his test results. Sports is his passion and he wants to study something in that field as a college student such as sports medicine or broadcasting.

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