The Hawkeyes had some incredible success with their big official visit weekend a few short weeks ago, landing three of their four official visitors. The lone holdout was Suwanee, Georgia native Tomari Fox. Fox was the second Suwanee native to officially visit Iowa City this spring, following North Gwinnett RB Tyler Goodson, who was Iowa’s first spring visitor.
Today, Goodson also became the first of the Suwanee natives to commit to the Hawkeyes, making his announcement via Twitter.
Goodson is an incredibly talented running back the Hawkeyes have been targeting for some time. At one point, it was thought the staff wanted to bring in two backs in the class with Goodson their top target as the lightning to Jirehl Brock’s thunder. That all changed a few weeks ago after the addition of JUCO All-American RB Mehki Sargent, when Goodson appeared to become priority number one with Brock having his official visit cancelled.
So what are the Hawkeyes getting with Goodson? According to the staff, it could be Akrum Wadley 2.0. As I said in our RB outlook, Goodson has really good vision and tremendous wiggle. He’s got solid top-end speed with very good burst to hit the hole, attributes which helped him rush for more than 1,800 yards in Georgia’s highest class (7A).
Speaking with Landof10, Goodson had the following to say about Iowa:
“I like how they use their running back. I looked at how they use Akrum Wadley and how they use him in space and how they use him in the running game. It’s perfect for me.”
Goodson is a former teammate of class of 2018 LB commit Jayden McDonald, who apparently kept selling Goodson on the benefits of Iowa’s offense. New RB coach Derrick Foster, who is from Alabama, didn’t hurt either, as he sold Goodson on his ability to catch passes out of the backfield and make plays in space.
The Hawkeyes are getting a good one, as Goodson had more than 30 offers. He chose Iowa over the likes of Iowa State, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Wake Forest, West Virginia and a number of others. Both Rivals and 247 Sports rank Goodson as a 3-star prospect.
Goodson is the 14th commitment in the class of 2019. He’s the first, and likely only, RB commit in the class. He’s also the first commit from the state of Georgia. The question now is whether he’ll be the only in this class.
Welcome aboard Tyler Goodson!