Rancho Cucamonga High School four-star safety Tahaan Goodman has already lost count of his 40-something scholarship offers but the senior-to-be has at least one legitimate excuse. He is being recruited by the same coach to different schools. LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond first began pursuit of the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Goodman when he was with Nebraska before leaving for his alma mater Feb. 28. And he’s not the only coach to have recruited Goodman to different schools.
“That’s why you just got to go with the school that’s best for you cause you never know how long any of the coaches are going to be there,” Goodman said. “It’s a little bit of a factor, my relationship with (the coach recruiting me) but it’s not the biggest one.”
Goodman has received offers in the last week from Wyoming and New Mexico – “It’s a little late,” he said, of the two latest offers – but was most recently impressed on an unofficial visit to UCLA for the Bruins’ spring game where senior cornerback Sheldon Price lamented to Goodman how badly he wanted to play for new coach Jim Mora more than one year. Of course, it wasn’t long ago when Rick Neuheisel was generating similar buzz.
“He said Mora is doing a lot for the program,” Goodman said. “It would be a big deal to go (to UCLA) if they could turn the program around and I could be a part of that.”
Goodman has also unofficially visited USC, Cal, Arizona State and San Diego State. Rivals.com’s No. 2 safety in the country will take official visits to LSU and Hawaii and is also considering officials to Oklahoma and either Texas A&M or Texas Tech.