One of Houston's most electric offensive duos is Westside quarterback Michael Goodnight and receiver Michael Smith, who hooked up several times last season en route to a district championship. They are back this year and are preparing for the upcoming season and recruiting process.
Goodnight (6-4, 210-pounds) combines a big arm and good size that college recruiters are looking for, while Smith (6-1, 190 pounds) has tremendous hands to go with Division I speed.
Everything sounds rosy, but one component is missing. Former Westside coach Lance Carter has left the Houston Independent School District (HISD) school after one season to coach Mayde Creek, a suburban school.
"Oh that hurt," Goodnight said. "We were really getting something started here and he just got a job that he thought was better for him. We hate to see him go."
Goodnight is the second leading passer returning to the Greater Houston area in 2007 behind Stratford's Andrew Luck. Smith is in the top five of returning receivers.
While Goodnight is a tremendous football prospect, he also stars on the baseball diamond.
"I'm going to see how it goes in baseball this year," Goodnight said. "If I have a great season and could be a top draft pick, I have to look at not playing football next year. I'll just have to wait and see. If I do decide to go the football route, I'll go anywhere to play."
Goodnight is currently being recruited by Big 12 schools Texas A&M and Texas Tech, but has yet to receive an official offer.
Smith is being recruited as an inside receiver and is hearing from Arizona, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Houston.
"OU and Nebraska are my top school right now," Smith said. "I'm going to get to some camps and run track this spring. I do the long jump, triple jump and relay events."