Roderick Goodlow, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound three-star outside linebacker/safety from Adamson High School in Dallas, Texas, has two new schools in the mix - Louisiana Tech and Kansas State. He'll be visiting the Bulldogs this weekend (Dec. 6).
"They really seem like a program that is going up," Goodlow said of Louisiana Tech. "I like how they said they really need me and think I'd be able to come in and play right away. I like how the coaches have been coming after me and feel real comfortable with them already.
"I'm looking forward to going there and seeing what it's like in person," he said. "I really want to see how the players and the coaches interact and stuff."
Kansas State, on the other hand, won't get an official visit from Goodlow since he already has all five scheduled.
"I really like that they got coach Bill Snyder back," he said of the Wildcats.
"He's great," he said." He's the coach that had them as a top team and bringing him back sets them up for success. It would be great playing for a coach like that."
Goodlow is also happy that Notre Dame has decided to keep Charlie Weis on as its head coach. "It was a big relief to hear that coach Charlie Weis will be back next season," he said.
"Coach Weis is a big reason why I wanted to go to Notre Dame," he admitted. "I think he's a good coach and really sees the strengths in his players. He builds confidence in his players. He's also the kind of coach that will teach you about more than just football."
Goodlow visited South Bend officially on Nov. 1, but still hasn't received a scholarship offer from the Irish. "(Receivers coach/recruiting coordinator) Rob Ianello will be coming by my school this week (Dec. 4) and we'll talk more about an offer," he said.
"Hopefully they will. If they did offer me I'm not sure if I'd commit there," he said. "I'd think about it, but right now I'm pretty open and just taking my time."
Goodlow, with 11 offers, continues to deny a leader, but favors Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Louisiana Tech, Kansas and Kansas State. The Irish are the only program that hasn't offered yet.
"I want to go where they have a need for me," he said. "I want to make sure I'll be able to fit into the defense and play. I'm the kind of guy that doesn't like to stay in one spot, so I'd like to move around on defense. I'd also love to get on the field early."
Another major influence on Goodlow will be his future teammates. "I'm looking at who I'm gonna be surrounded by and the kinds of players they have," he said. "I want to make sure I fit in with the players that are there."
Besides Notre Dame, Goodlow has also visited Wisconsin (Nov. 15). "Both visits were pretty similar, but the places are very different," he said. "Notre Dame is kind of away from everything and it's a small town.
"Wisconsin is in the capital," he said. "It's a big city atmosphere."
So which does he prefer? "I don't really have a preference about that," he said. "I could see myself playing at either place."
The Badger players also impressed Goodlow as possible future teammates. "The players have a great connection with the coaches," he said. "That really stood out. They have a good team attitude.
"I also like the coaches plans for the team," he said. "They didn't have a great season and are serious about building it back up. They want to be a top team again and be playing in the big bowl games."
Another thing the Badgers have going for them is their defensive approach. "They want me as a safety," he said. "They like how big I am and how I can move. They think I could really help."
Goodlow also believes he could make an immediate impact at Kansas. "They really need linebackers," he said of the Jayhawks. "I'd probably be able to start right away there."
He visits the Jayhawks on Dec. 19. A week before that (Dec. 13) he'll be at Northwestern.
Goodlow is ranked as the No. 85 safety in the country by Scout.com.
He reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 930 SAT and 18 ACT.