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Goodman doesn't want to commit early

6/12/2012

It is no secret that USC dramatically improved its chances with safety Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) over the weekend, and some message board chatter speculated that he could even commit on Sunday night. But Goodman said he isn't looking to rush into committing anywhere at this point. With plenty of visits left to take, Goodman wants to make sure he fully understands all of his options before ending the recruiting process.

"I still want to check other schools out and see everywhere before I make my commitment," said Goodman, adding that he'll be at Washington next week, would like to visit the Florida schools after participating in Gridiron Kings, and take official visits to LSU and Nebraska.

But Goodman did say that his time spent at USC's skills position camp on Sunday helped the Trojans.

"The camp helped a lot," he said. "I got to see how the coaches treated us as players and how the tempo was. I liked it a lot. I liked coach [Marvin] Sanders' tempo. He's kind of on the same plan I am with the same style of play."

Goodman was asked to call the coaching staff on Sunday night, and he said used the call as a chance to continue to build his relationship with the Trojans staff. Offensive line coach James Cregg recruits Goodman's area for USC, but the No. 2 safety in the state said he is looking forward to building a relationship with Sanders, who would be his position coach at USC.

"My relationship with them got a lot better just from [Sunday]," Goodman said of USC. "I hadn't talked to coach Sanders or coach Kiffin a lot before this, but I saw a lot of coach Sanders and that helped."

Goodman's high school teammate, cornerback Chris Hawkins, is committed to USC, but Goodman is also close with safety Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) and they plan to take the same official visits this year and have talked about wanting to commit to the same school.