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Huskers in the Chase for Talented ATH Mario Goodrich

February 12, 2017

“The main thing I’ll remember from last year was how tight our bond was as a team,” Goodrich said. “Also, I’ll remember how relentless our defense was.”

Goodrich starred all over the field for that Titan squad, and that versatility led to many schools wanting him for several different positions. Goodrich is currently being recruited to play wide receiver, safety and cornerback. While he has the potential to play all of those positions effectively, Goodrich would prefer to play cornerback at the collegiate level.

If it wasn’t enough that he can play multiple positions, Goodrich can also play multiple sports at the collegiate level. Besides football, Goodrich is a standout for the Titan basketball team, having led Lee’s Summit West to a 17-1 record this winter. His play has led to him receiving basketball offers from Tulsa, Miami (Ohio), DePaul and Denver University. While Goodrich is tempted to play both sports in college, he currently does not plan to pull double duty.

“I’ve thought about playing both sports in college,” Goodrich said. “But I don’t think I would be able to do both to the best of my ability.”

Goodrich had been a well-known prospect on the recruiting trail most of the winter, holding offers from Missouri, Iowa and Kansas State entering 2017. But his recruiting took a big jump when Nebraska offered him on Jan. 18.

“It was awesome to hear from them,” Goodrich said. “I’ve been waiting on that offer from them and it finally happened.”

Kenny Wilhite extended the offer to Goodrich. Wilhite has been all over Missouri since being put on the road temporarily to replace defensive backs coach Brian Stewart in December. According to Goodrich, Nebraska is currently recruiting him as an athlete at this point.

Goodrich said that the six schools that have offered him are all relatively even, though he came away impressed from his visit to Kansas on Feb. 4, stating that the Lawrence atmosphere was “pretty fun.”

Besides his Kansas visit, Goodrich also has visits scheduled to see Iowa State and Missouri in the near future. Goodrich does not have a set time for when he intends to commit to a school, but he does know what he will be looking for when he goes to see each school.

“The main thing I’ll be looking at is the relationship between the coach and the players and if the environment is a stable one,” Goodrich said. “I want to know that the coaches recruiting me will still be there when I get to campus.”

Goodrich is part of one of the finest Missouri classes in recent memory, as the state’s talent level compares favorably to the 2012 class that produced Dorial Green-Beckham, Evan Boehm, Jehu Chesson, Durron Neal and Michael Rose-Ivey. Goodrich is honored to be a part of such a talented class for 2018.

“It’s awesome,” Goodrich said. “We’re all just trying to make it to college and then the NFL so we can make our hometowns proud.”

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