Houston-area football foes are waiting with baited breath to hear if Demetri Goodson will wear the pads for Houston (Texas) Klein Collins this fall.
Goodson (6-0, 180-pounds) starred in the defensive secondary as a sophomore, earning all-district honors, while brother Michael Goodson was a national headlining running back for the Tigers.
Michael dropped basketball his senior season to concentrate on his academics and preparing for his football career at Texas A&M, while the younger Goodson excelled on the hardwood.
Michael's decision to focus on football seems to be the right one, working in with the first-team at College Station. Hopefully Demitri's decision to drop football and concentrate on basketball will be equally as prosperous.
"I grew up playing football with Mike and I wanted to play with him during his senior season," the younger Goodson said. "My dad wanted me to play also, but it wasn't where my heart was."
Prior to his decision, Goodson was to join Klein's J.B. Shugarts and Klein Oak's DeSean Hales as one of the area's top 2008 prospects.
"Meech's (Demitri's) game translates to the college level," Klein Collins' basketball coach Tim Schumacher said. "I've coached for 10 years in high school and the Division I level and his decision-making is second to none. He took games over for us as a sophomore.
"This will be the first time we've had him year around," he said. "He will continue to develop his jumper and he will just get better and better."
Schumacher, who played at Baylor University and has coached for the Bears, North Texas and Sam Houston State, is looking to change his offense to fit Goodson's play.
"He's a true point guard, not a scoring point guard," Schumacher said. "He knows what is going to happen on the court before it happens.
"I've been watching tapes on the Pheonix Suns and we are going to let him be Steve Nash and run the open post. We are going to play to our strength and that's Dimitri's decision-making."
Goodson has been offered by Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie, who has been seen on campus several times last spring. Wichita State, SMU and Kansas are also on him early.
"I really like Kansas and got up to their campus this summer," Goodson said. "I like their players, the coaches, the facilities and how their players work. They are working to win.
"I like Texas A&M and the atmosphere up there."
Goodson has played for the Houston Select AAU team for several summers against national competition and will face Houston-area stars B.J. Holmes (Texas A&M-commit) and Larry Davis (Cincinnati commit) early this year.
"B.J., Larry and Jai Lucas are great players, but I think that Demitri could be the best of the bunch because of his style of play," Schumacher said.