Tyler Goodson released a list of his Top 8 schools on Sunday. Iowa made the cut for the talented Georgia running back. Kentucky, Washington State, Michigan State, Iowa State, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Nebraska joined the Hawkeyes among the contenders.
“This group of schools fits my playing style and each school has their own strengths and weaknesses,” Goodson told HN. “So, I’m making decisions based on the academics, style of play, O-Line, culture, relationship with the coaching staff and it has to feel like home.”
The Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett junior found many of those things during an official visit to Iowa last month, he told HN.
Sunday’s announcement of top schools represented the latest step in his recruitment.
“Next in my process is the process of elimination of schools and trimming down the list even more. Then I’ll list my final two schools, pray and hopefully commit before the season,” he said.
Goodson still has four official visits to use if he chooses. Whether officially or unofficially, he plans to see Nebraska, Iowa State, Michigan State, Kentucky and Washington State in person, he told HN.
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Rivals and 247 both rank him as a three-star prospect. Rivals sees him as the 12th best all-purpose back nationally in the ’19 class, while 247 puts him at 31.
As a junior, Goodson ran for 1,437 yards (7.4 per carry) and 25 touchdowns. He added 18 receptions for 331 yards and four scores.
He visited Iowa with high school teammate Jayden McDonald, a linebacker that signed with the Hawkeyes in the ’18 class. McDonald has been recruiting him for the Hawkeyes.
New Iowa running back coach Derrick Foster spent time with Goodson showing him how he could fit into the offense. The staff has been selling him on being the next Akrum Wadley.
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Goodson (5-10, 192) resembles Wadley in size and ability to make plays in space. Here’s a look at his junior film: