Roderick Goodlow, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound outside linebacker from Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas, continues to deny a leader. While remaining very open-minded, he's already scheduled one official visit with Northwestern on Nov. 8, when the Wildcats take on No. 13 Ohio State.
"I like that they are winning," Goodlow said of Northwestern. "They are 2-0 right now and I think they are going in the right direction. They are looking pretty good right now and I'm impressed with how they are playing. They've probably impressed me the most so far this season and I like the big plans that the coaches have for the program."
Moving in the right direction is a recurring theme for Goodlow and his favorites. "I'm really looking at a lot of young, up-and-coming teams," said Scout.com's No. 83 safety. "I want to see that the program is making progress and moving forward, not backward. I like the young teams because I think I'd be able to go in and make an early impact at a school like that."
One such school that Goodlow feels he could contribute quickly at is Iowa State, a new school on his favorites list. "I've been talking to the coaches a lot more," he said. "They've really picked up their recruiting and I'm getting very interested in them.
"They said that I could play safety or outside linebacker and feel that I'm athletic enough to come in and get some early playing time," Goodlow said.
Besides Northwestern and Iowa State, Goodlow's top six includes Colorado, No. 8 Wisconsin, Nebraska and Arkansas. They have all offered as well as Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, Arizona and Kansas. "Kansas is another school I'm starting to look at harder."
One school that Goodlow admits he's very interested in, but that hasn't offered yet is Notre Dame. "They have been recruiting me a lot though," he said. "They are just playing the waiting game right now and wanting to see how things go.
"I've talked with (defensive coordinator) coach Corwin Brown and (recruiting coordinator) Rob Ianello and they said that I'm high on their list and that I should be getting an offer," he said.
If the Irish offer then he says they would definitely be in his top six.
"I'd like to take all five visits," Goodlow said. "After that I'll make up my mind.
"I'm gonna look at the team atmosphere and how the program is run," he said.
Goodlow admits taking official visits will be crucial since he hasn't visited any of his favorites before.
Another school that he's definitely eager to check out is Nebraska. "I think they are doing real good," he said. "They are also heading in the right direction and they are another program that I'm probably starting to like more and more."
Goodlow says that his relationship with coach Tim Beck has definitely helped the Huskers chances. "I have a great relationship with him," he said. "We're on a first name basis and I like how we can just be casual. He's fun to talk to."
Another thing the Huskers have going for them is their defense. "I love how defensive-minded the coaches are," he admitted. "The vibe there is all about defense and that's all they talk about."
Like Nebraska, Arkansas also has a new coaching staff and Goodlow has high expectations of the Razorbacks. "The new coaches are real good," he said. "They have great experience and know how to win. I like the way they play and I think they've got a chance to be competing for the SEC championship in the next few years."
While certain schools are recruiting Goodlow for safety (Iowa State), most want him at outside linebacker and such is the case with Colorado. "They told me they really like the way I move and think I'd be a great linebacker for them," he said.
"I like that they are a young team and I could see myself going in there and helping out early," Goodlow said. "They are going to be doing some big things there."
The only school on Goodlow's list that you can't describe as being up-and-coming or young is Wisconsin. "They just win a lot," he said. "They are a powerhouse and I love their defense too. The way they play is hard and tough and they never give up."
Adamson High School lost their opening game, but Goodlow had around five tackles to kickoff the 2008 season. They beat Fort Worth Poly Tech High 28-26 on Sept. 12 and play Forth Worth Eastern Hill on Sept. 19.
Goodlow says he plans to major in business and marketing and reports a 3.2 core GPA and 1080 SAT. He plans to retake the SAT in the November.