Gooden says hes not a lock

Many people have just automatically assumed that Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Tavares Gooden is a lock for Miami. But Gooden claims that’s not the case – at least not yet.
“I’m not a lock to anybody,” Gooden, who is a 6-foot-1 and 220-pound four-star inside linebacker selection, said. “I’m going to take my visits and see what happens. I did promise Miami that it’d get my last visit, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to go there for sure.”
That’s especially true with the other teams like LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee chasing him. He had previously listed Michigan State on his list, but he’s not so sure about the Spartans now with its coaching situation up in the air.
“It’s really been the same schools for me, and I’ve gotten to know the coaches at the schools really well,” Gooden said. “The only real change that I can think of has been with Michigan State. I just don’t know about them, but that gives me a good five to go check out.
“I’ll go take those trips after I’m done with my season.”
And that might still be a little while out.
Aquinas is one of the top teams in the nation and rolling through the playoffs. They battle Punta Gorda (Fla.) Charlotte this weekend and quarterback Justin Midgett, who is committed to Florida.