July 27, 2010

Can the Bucks pull two from Florida in '12?

One of the better looking players at Ohio State's second senior advanced camp in June didn't even have to suit up to get noticed. Class of 2012 offensive tackle Evan Goodman out of Lakeland (Fla.) turned many heads as he watched from the sidelines in shorts and a t-shirt while players from across the region worked out under the watchful eyes of the Ohio State coaches as well as other college coaching staffs from the state of Ohio and the MAC.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder has already been receiving a great deal of interest from schools like Auburn, LSU and South Florida to date and the Buckeyes have been right in the thick of things as well for Goodman. The rising junior took many by surprise when he politely told them that he was only in the class of 2012 and still had two more years of high school football to play before having to decide on a college.

Recruiting has been fun in its early stages for Goodman but his focus right now is on his high school team and the upcoming season that is rapidly approaching.

"It is going great so far," Goodman said. " Of course we are expecting another run into the playoffs and beyond."

Taver Johnson has been running point for Ohio State in the recruitment of Evan and his twin brother Devin Goodman who is also on the offensive line but playing one spot inside at guard. Is it safe to assume that the two would like to play together on the next level as well when it is time to make a decision?

"We would like to go to school together so I guess you could say that we are a package deal," (Evan) Goodman said.

The Buckeyes have put a heavy emphasis on recruiting the state of Florida in the past and things don't look like they will be changing anytime soon. Ohio State has only pulled one offensive lineman out of Florida recently however and that was current starting center Michael Brewster. But year in and year out the Buckeyes are a player with some of the upper echelon kids from the Sunshine state with Jeff Heuerman and Jeremy Cash in the fold for the class of 2011.

Goodman admitted that he has no problem with looking and considering a school that could take him out of the state of Florida and that the interest from the Buckeyes is something that is very exciting to him. Especially after having a chance to see the Ohio State campus and facilities this past summer.

"I really look forward to getting the letters from Ohio State," Goodman said. "It seems like a great place and a great school."

Lakeland is no stranger for turning out top prospects including the Pouncey Twins (Florida), Chris Rainey (Florida) and Jarred Haggins (Florida State) to name just a few recent players. The prestige of playing at a school like Lakeland is not something that Goodman takes lightly and could be something that will be used into ultimately making a decision.

"Going to Lakeland high school I go to a school that has a lot of tradition and that is important to me. Ohio State has all of that and it a great program all around too," Goodman said.

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