Iowa’s low-pressure sale’s pitch doesn’t work with everybody. When it does, more often than not, it turns out well.
The Hawkeyes sell their culture. It either clicks with a prospect or it doesn’t.
Georgia’s Tyler Goodson bought into the Iowa way. He felt it from the head man, himself.
“Coach (Kirk) Ferentz is very wise and he never tried to sell me nor did the coaching staff. He gave me real-world advice and explained to me that the two things he couldn’t changed was the weather and distance from home,” said Goodson, who announced Tuesday afternoon that he was verbally committing to Iowa.
“I really saw his vision of his program and which direction he wanted to take it to the next level. Every coach was awesome, down to earth, very cool and made me feel like it’s a home away from home.”
Rivals and 247 view Goodson (5-10, 192) as a three-star recruit. Rivals sees him as the No. 13 all-purpose back nationally in the 2019 recruiting class, while 247 has him as the No. 29 running back, overall.
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 in helping Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett High win a state championship.
The Hawkeyes showed Goodson that he could fill the role of the departed Akrum Wadley in the offense. Wadley (5-10, 190) is one of only four back in program history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. He proved to be a matchup nightmare in the open field, embarrassing would-be tackles.
“I think I’ll be a great fit because the offense is built for big plays, playmaking. Several of the coaches compare our styles and say that we’re very shifty and weapons out of the backfield that can carry the ball and catch out of the backfield,” Goodson said.
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“I envision myself being used in the offensive scheme as carrying the ball, catching the ball out of the backfield and being lined up in the slot. I think my game is versatile and fits perfect with Iowa’s system.”
Iowa’s reputation for producing strong offensive lines also impressed Goodson. He believed he’ll have room to make people miss.
New running backs coach Derrick Foster did well in working on Goodson as soon as he joined the staff this winter.
“He was down to earth and super cool, hyped and intense just like myself. I could very easily identify with his style. Overall, the legendary staff has awesome relationships and help grow their players into great men,” Goodson said.
The Iowa City community and support for the program won him over.
“The atmosphere is insane,” he said.
Goodson plans to study sports medicine in college. He connects with the Kinnick Stadium Wave to patients at the Stead Family Children’s hospital.
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“What inspired me the most was the children’s hospital. The kids there have dreams, visions, can’t help themselves and only would want the life that I live. That touched my heart and made me realized then that I would love to be a part of the atmosphere to help bring about a change in the world,” he said.
Goodson became the second player from his high school to join Iowa. Linebacker Jayden McDonald signed with the program as a member of the ’18 class.
“It will be like we’re balling again together as teammates, bringing another championship but this time a Big Ten championship and bowl. Jayden and I are very close and I think it will be just like old times, just having fun and working extremely hard” Goodson said.
Goodson is Iowa’s 14th known verbal commitment in the ’19 recruiting class. Here are the others:
Ezra Miller, OL, Holstein
Tyler Endres, OL, Norwalk
Noah Fenske, OL, New Hampton
Logan Lee, TE, Orion (IL)
Sebastian Castro, S, Oak Lawn (IL) Richards
Jack Campbell, LB, Cedar Falls
Jestin Jacobs, LB, Clayton (OH) Northmont
Desmond Hutson, WR, Raytown (MO)
Jake Karchinski, DE, De Pere (WI) West
Alex Padilla, QB, Engelwood (CO) Cherry Creek
Justin Britt, OL, Indianapolis Warren Central
Dane Belton, DB, Tampa Jesuit
Jalen Hunt, DE, Belleville (MI)