Roderick Goodlow, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound three-star outside linebacker from Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas, says he has narrowed it down to four schools from among 11 scholarship offers.
Although he still denies a leader, Goodlow favors Notre Dame, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Kansas. All of his favorites have offered - except the Irish, even though he did visit South Bend officially on Nov. 1.
"It was a good trip," Goodlow said. "I liked the campus and seeing what all the fuss is about. It really impressed me a whole lot. I like how they really care about football there and how it's all about the team and family."
Even though the Irish lost a tough game to Pittsburgh, Goodlow says it didn't diminish his visit. "The Pitt game was great," he said. "It was fun and very intense. The stadium was packed and it really gave me a feel for what it's like to play in college. It's different.
"The players and coaches are real cool and very intense," Goodlow said. "But since they lost it was very quiet after the game."
His player host was freshman defensive end Karpon Lewis-Moore.
So did the Irish indicate whether or not they would offer? "The coaches all said they really like me and are recruiting me as a strong safety," he said. "But we didn't really talk about that stuff during my visit. They said we'd talk about it more later."
If the Irish do offer, Goodlow says they'll be his number one choice.
Goodlow's next visit is to Wisconsin on Nov. 15. "I really want to see what kind of relationship the coaches have with their players," he said. "I'm looking for a family environment and I've heard that Madison is a good college city."
After he visits the Badgers, Goodlow heads to Northwestern on Nov. 22. "They are winning some big games," he said. "They upset Minnesota and that really stood out to me. They are having a great year and I think they'll be getting even better."
Goodlow's last official visit will be to Kansas on Dec. 12. "They told me that I could go in and play early," he said. "They are losing all three starting linebackers and will need help. They are in the Big 12 and are a good team ever year. I think that I'd fit in well there."
Goodlow says he also has offers from Colorado, Iowa State, Nebraska, Arkansas, Tulsa, Arizona and Louisiana Tech. "I chose these final schools because I liked how they recruited me," he said. "They made me feel very valuable and recruited me harder."
He denies having any timetable for a decision. "I'm playing it by ear," he said. "I want to take my visits and see where I feel the most comfortable."
Goodlow is ranked Scout.com's No. 84 outside linebacker.
He reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 930 SAT and 18 ACT.