Switching commitments from Boise State to Michigan wasn't an easy decision for Matt Goudis but the West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade kicker realized the academic opportunities in Ann Arbor coupled with possibly playing early and it was too much to pass up.
Goudis, who hit 12 of 16 field goals this season with a long of 55 yards and put nearly every kickoff in the end zone, said the Wolverines had everything he was looking for and so now he is a part of Michigan's recruiting class.
"It for sure took a while," Goudis said.
"At first I came back and I was sold on Boise as well and then I thought about it more and Michigan was just a better opportunity academically and at Michigan I could go in and start right away. That possibility was hard for me to give up.
"First of all, I switched more for the academics than anything. Just to get a free Michigan education was hard to give up and then Michigan is a solid program with a great tradition. It was a great atmosphere and the facilities were great. It was a great experience."
Goudis, a 6-foot, 165-pound recruit, picked a good weekend to visit. He was at Michigan when it defeated Illinois in three overtimes, a record-setting scoring day and an important Big Ten victory.
The 67-65 decision gave the Wolverines six wins to make them bowl eligible and they'll face Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1. Goudis, rated No. 12 at kicker by Rivals.com, will surely be watching.
"It was insane (for the Illinois game) seeing all 115,000 or whatever and all the tailgating going on," Goudis said. "They've been doing that for years and it's a good thing to be a part of."