Tahaan Goodman went to the UCLA junior day this past weekend, talked with the new coaching staff and came away impressed especially because of something the coaches told him while he was on campus.
"I talked to coach (Demetrice) Martin and (Jim) Mora and a lot of the defensive coaches," Goodman said.
"They were saying they need tough players and they were looking forward to true freshmen coming in and starting for the team. They didn't care about years or whatever. They're just putting the best players out there. That's what they were telling me.
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"I like that because it makes the competition higher and it makes the players that are seniors work harder and the freshmen coming in work harder. It makes everybody better as a team."
Goodman is a 6-foot-2, 185-pound safety from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., that already has an offer from UCLA among many others.
Since new schools could be offering at any time - Florida and LSU are showing lots more interest - Goodman is remaining patient with the recruiting process.
"I'm still keeping it open," Goodman said. "I'm going to take a look at all these colleges."
So far, it has not been difficult for Goodman to take his time since his recruitment has been so busy.
He lists offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon State, San Diego State, South Florida, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington and Washington State.
Since he's only taken a few visits, Goodman wants to take his time, see more schools and then much a decision much later.
"It's not too hard waiting," Goodman said. "I don't really know about the schools yet. I've only been to three colleges so far. I have those offers but I've only taken a few visits. Once I get more in and I take all my officials then I'll know for sure where I'm going."
Rivals.com rates Goodman as a four-star prospect and the No. 150 recruit in the early 2013 rankings.