Some people think Georgia’s No. 1 college basketball prospect is already starting to pack his bags for UCLA.
Shaq Goodwin, the 6-foot-8 power forward from Southwest DeKalb High School, said that’s not the case. He’s heard the rumors, about how he will follow his AAU basketball coach to UCLA, and he said they are untrue because he’s undecided. However, Goodwin confirms that UCLA is one of his leaders, along with UGA, Memphis, Florida and Alabama.
“I havent’ decided anything,” Goodwin told the AJC.
Goodwin got a “shout out” when his AAU teammate with the Atlanta Celtics, Jordan Adams, committed to UCLA earlier this week.
“I want Shaq Goodwin to come with me [to UCLA],” said Adams, the former Central Gwinnett shooting guard who transferred to Oak Hill (Va.) prep school last year.
Goodwin heard the words loud and clear. He attended the announcement of his longtime summer club buddy. “That was cool; I expected it [Adams to commit to UCLA]. He had some good reasons for going to UCLA. We’ll see what happens with me.”
Discussion of the Georgia-to-UCLA recruiting pipeline started after the Bruins hired Korey McCray as an assistant coach a few weeks ago. McCray was the CEO of the Altanta Celtics, and Adams cited McCray’s hiring as a major factor in his decision. Goodwin admits it gives UCLA an advantage, too.
“It will be a little bit of a factor he’s the reason I got most of my looks from the colleges,” Goodwin said. “But I don’t think it would be the only reason for me to go there, if I picked UCLA.”
Goodwin said he will try to take two unofficial visits over the summer — to UCLA and Memphis.
FOOTBALL: Another Georgia player commits to an SEC school
A growing trend in college football recruiting, due to the importance of special teams, is awarding a scholarship to player specifically to handle long-snapping duties on punts, extra points and field goals.
Buford High School long snapper Reid Ferguson committed to LSU over Tennessee and San Diego State earlier this week, while also generating serious interest from Alabama, Florida State and South Florida. Ferguson is considered one of the best in the nation at the specialty.
“While both LSU and Tennessee were my finalists and have great coaching staffs, I felt like I had more time to develop a better relationship with the LSU coaches,” Ferguson said.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Ferguson said he has a 3.6 GPA and will major in sports administration.
Meanwhile, in an unique turn of events, Georgia’s No. 1 kicker committed to Florida after Florida’s No. 1 kicker committed to Georgia. Quite an interesting conversation on the message boards (click on story link)
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? firstname.lastname@example.org
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