When you're good you're good. But some times it doesn't hurt to have college coaches reminding you about that. Just take the case of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Tavares Gooden.
By 8 p.m. on Sunday night - the first day that college coaches can contact recruits - the Rivals100 selection had already spent most of the day talking on the phone.
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He said he had the most enjoyable conversations with coaches from Miami, Tennessee and Auburn. However, he's also expecting calls from Oklahoma and Ohio State some time later this week.
"Those still are my top teams," Gooden said. "Auburn was the first to call and we had a good talk. Then I talked to the Miami coaches again. I was over there for the game on Saturday. And I had some questions about where I would fit in at Tennessee.
"It was fun talking to them."
As much fun as watching Miami whip up on Florida A&M on Saturday?
"The best part of that was the band at half time," Gooden said. "Since it was a Miami home game, they didn't let them get too into it."
Gooden, who is 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, said he got to talk to his upcoming opponent at the UM game.
"We play Ely in the first game, and I was talking with their RB (Tyrone Moss)," Gooden said.
"He was say how he was going to be ready for me. I told him that I'm coming. I got to know him pretty well, and it might be neat to see him on some of my visits."