Roderick Goodlow, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound outside linebacker from Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas, has 11 scholarship offers and has narrowed down his list to five.
Although Goodlow continues to deny a leader, he favors Wisconsin, Northwestern, Nebraska, Colorado and Arkansas. All of his favorites have offered as well as Tulsa, Kansas, Iowa State, Arizona and Louisiana Tech.
However, there is still one school that Goodlow likes which hasn't offered him yet - Notre Dame. "I still get a lot of mail from them," Goodlow said. "They keep in touch and said they just want to see the first few games of my season and that they will probably offer."
So will an offer put the Irish in Goodlow's top five? "Yeah," he said. "If they offer I'll definitely consider them too. I really like Notre Dame."
Goodlow, ranked as the No. 83 safety in the country by Scout.com, hasn't scheduled any official visits yet and says he'll definitely take all five before deciding. "I haven't been to any of these schools yet," Goodlow said. "I won't decide until after my visits.
"I want a program that is run well and that is family-oriented," he said. "I want to go where football is important and where they have good fan support."
Goodlow says he'd also like to perform for a winning team. "I'll definitely be watching all these teams closely," he stated. "I want to see how they play and how they do. I'll factor all that in because I want to play for a team that is winning or at least improving."
And "winning" is exactly how he describes Wisconsin. "They've been winning a lot," he said. "I think they are still heading in the right direction and will be on top for a while.
"I like the team overall and the coaches said they see me as a safety or outside linebacker for them," he said. "I don't care which position I play."
Although Northwestern hasn't experienced the same success as Wisconsin the last few years, Goodlow says he feels the Wildcats are "up-and-coming."
"Northwestern seems like they are improving," Goodlow said. "I've been watching them for the past few years and it seems like they are always better and I think this year will be good and that they'll make a bowl game."
Another team that Goodlow feels has a bright future is Colorado. "They are gonna be real good," he said. "They are bringing in some great players and really recruiting good. I think they'll have a big season and it's a team that seems to have a lot going for them."
Emphasizing the theme of potential, Goodlow admits he's excited about the new coaches at both Nebraska and Arkansas and believes both programs will benefit from the change. "All the coaches at Nebraska I've talked to are real good," he said.
"I think they'll be turning things around," Goodlow said. "It sounds like they are making a lot of changes and are really focused on bringing Nebraska back. They really want to get the best players and I think if the players can put it all together they'll be competing for the national championship in a few years.
"I think Arkansas will be real good too," he said. "They are short on linebackers and I could play early there. It's a real big need for them and I like how they are focused on defense."
Goodlow's first game is on Sept. 5 against Wilson High School.
Goodlow says he plans to major in business and marketing and reports a 3.2 core GPA. He plans to take the SAT and ACT this fall.