Tahaan Goodman ended the suspense earlier than expected when the Rancho Cucamonga safety verbally committed to UCLA Wednesday. Goodman, who had more than 40 scholarship offers, was still considering nine schools as of last week and trying to squeeze in as many visits as possible before Feb. 6, National Signing Day.
He didn’t take a scheduled official visit to LSU last weekend when his travel materials weren’t delivered on time, opting instead to visit UCLA. Had he made the visit to LSU, Goodman imagines things could have gone differently.
“I think I wouldn’t have committed yet,” Goodman said. “I think I would have more to think about.”
Tahaan Godman, the top-ranked uncommitted safety in the country, won’t make his scheduled visit to LSU this weekend in what could have been a key recruiting trip with National Signing Day fast approaching.
The four-star recruit from Rancho Cucamonga High School spoke with LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond on Thursday about leaving for Baton Rouge, La., on Friday. But as of Friday afternoon, rivals.com’s fourth-ranked safety in the nation hadn’t received the travel information to make the visit.
“I guess it’s too late to go now,” Goodman said. “Some of my friends are going to UCLA this weekend, so I was thinking about stopping by there.”
With just three weeks before National Signing Day on Feb. 6, Rancho Cucamonga four-star safety Tahaan Goodman has some studying to do.
The No. 4 safety in the country, according to rivals.com, has narrowed more than 40 scholarship offers to a list of nine. UCLA may be the frontrunner based on the fact that Goodman hasn’t felt drawn to any of the schools he has visited out of state and has had no contact with USC as of late.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior visited Oklahoma Jan. 11 and is visiting LSU this weekend.
“I’m open to going to a school out of the state, but I haven’t been to one yet that felt like it was somewhere I could live,” Goodman said. “(Oklahoma) wasn’t much different that a lot of schools I’ve seen. It wasn’t anything too special.”
His team bowed out of the CIF playoffs on Friday, but the season isn’t over for Rancho Cucamonga High School football coach Nick Baiz.
Baiz was asked last week to be an assistant coach of the West team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, one of two prestigious national high school all-star games. The Cougars’ seventh-year coach readily accepted the request to coach in the game that includes two members of his secondary, seniors Chris Hawkins and Tahaan Goodman.
Baiz will arrive in San Antonio on Dec. 29 to coach the team during the week of practice leading up to the Jan. 5 game at the Alamodome to be televised on NBC. Baiz will be contacted this week by West head coach Mike Jinks of Cibolo (Texas) Steele High School to further define his role on the coaching staff.
“A month ago, they let me know they would be flying me out to watch the game, but then last week they called and asked if I wanted to coach in it,” Baiz said. “I’ll get to be there with Chris and Tahaan, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”