If you aren’t familiar with the name Kiyaunta Goodwin, you will be soon.
On Wednesday, Bleacher Report’s Adam Kramer came out with a story on Goodwin, a 6-foot-7, 370-pound eighth-grader who is already very much on the radar of college football coaches around the country.
Goodwin has already received five verbal offers from teams around the country. Louisville became the third team to offer in the summer of 2017.
#Louisville has offered local 2022 OT Kiyaunta Goodwin. That's his third offer.
— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) July 24, 2017
It makes sense that the Cardinals came calling early; Goodwin is a Louisville native. Georgia, Kentucky and Western Kentucky have also verbally offered the Class of 2022 lineman.
Kramer’s in-depth reporting on Goodwin shines a light on why college coaches have their eyes on him.
“He’s a real college lineman right now,” Raesean Bruce, Goodwin’s middle school coach, told Kramer. When Goodwin gives you a “bro-like” handshake, Bruce said your head basically bashes into his shoulder. “He’s just so big and he doesn’t know his real strength yet.”
It has become more common in recent years for players who haven’t even reached high school yet to receive an offer. Just last year, Florida Atlantic University coach Lane Kiffin offered 13-year-old Kaden Martin, the son of USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin.
But none of the middle school prospects to receive early offers have had the physical stature that Goodwin carries.
“He’s going to be the No. 1 tackle in the nation,” Stephen Herron Jr., a Michigan commit who goes against Goodwin in drills, told Kramer. “It’s just not fair to be that big and that strong at his age.”