Inside Recruiting: Shaq Goodwin, UGA, Georgia Tech, and the Harvard way (UPDATED)
6:00 amOctober 12, 2011, by Michael Carvell
Shaq Goodwin, the 6-8, 240-pound WR (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)
Two-sport star Shaq Goodwin of Southwest DeKalb is in the process of setting up official visits to UGA, Florida, UCLA, Memphis and Arizona. The 6-foot-8, 245-pounder is planning the recruiting trips around his busy schedule of both football and basketball. Goodwin is one of the nation’s top 15 overall basketball prospects at power forward, and also claims he will play football in college, too — at wide receiver or tight end. We’ll believe it when we see it, not because we doubt Shaq’s football ability, but because he’s that good in basketball. Within the last couple of weeks, Goodwin has entertained in-home visits with Florida coach Billy Donovan, UCLA coach Ben Howland and Memphis coach Josh Pastner. UCLA brought along top assistant Korey McCray, who coached Goodwin in AAU ball for the Atlanta Celtics. What about UGA? Goodwin made an unofficial visit with the Bulldogs a couple of weeks ago. Goodwin was thinking about taking an official visit to Memphis this weekend but his mother told the AJC that no decision had been finalized yet. Goodwin has to finalize his paperwork with the NCAA Clearinghouse before taking any visits, and that could come any day. UConn has also expressed recent interest, according to Shaq. UPDATE: Goodwin will make the official visit to Memphis this weekend. It will be his first recruiting trip.
How often do you see someone turn down big-time D1 athletic offers for Harvard? That’s what happened with Woodward Academy’s Michael Hall. The 6-foot-11 Bell picked Harvard over a stack of D1 basketball scholarships, which he said included Florida State, Memphis, Cal, George Mason, Northwestern, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati. Hall talked about Harvard’s coaching staff and the Ivy League school reaching the NCAA tournament, while also adding, “I have aspirations to go to the NBA just like any other teenager … but what some people may not realize is that I might not be playing basketball too long after college. With the Harvard education, I know there’s business and career opportunities out there for me after basketball.” Hall has a 3.4 GPA and plans to study Business or Economics.
Remember former Georgia Tech All-American and NFL offensive lineman John Davis? He was called “The Refrigerator Mover” for his blocking performances against William “The Refrigerator” Perry. His son, Harrison Davis, plays offensive guard and center at Walton High School, and has serious interest from Memphis, UAB and Middle Tennessee State, among others. “There are some good family genes there,” Walton coach Rocky Hidalgo said. “John said when he went off to college, he was about 6-2 and grew three inches. Harrison is about 6-2 and 270 pounds right now. John claims that Harrison reminds him a lot of himself at the same age. Harrison is really, really a rough and physical kid. He’s a very good athlete for an offensive lineman but he’s exceptionally rough. We call him a bear with furniture. He’s like a big old grizzly bear.”
Florida may be next to offer ML King OL Joshua Outlaw, one of the state's top prospects for 2013 (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)
One of the state’s top “sleeper” prospects may be close to a college decision. Mt. Pisgah’s 6-foot-5 senior quarterback, Kyle Sloter, is scheduled to visit Tulane this weekend. Tulane was Sloter’s first and only D1 offer, while several others – including Arkansas — are closely monitoring his senior year.
Syracuse was the first scholarship offer for Norcross High junior tailback Alvin Kamara, who also has heavy interest from Georgia Tech. Meanwhile, Florida may be the next to offer M.L. King junior offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw, according to his coach. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Outlaw already has an early offer from South Carolina. Outlaw has caught the attention of scouts from UGA and Georgia Tech, too. Kamara, Outlaw and many others of the state’s top prospects for 2013 will be participating in December’s RisingSeniors.com Bowl, organized by former Georgia Tech star Joe Burns.Check out the roster on the website.