There aren't many ways to start this article than to just come out and say it.... YAHTZEE!
Kentucky has had the dice rolling here for the last month, but none are bigger than the commitment that they sealed this evening.
At his gym, Aspirations Gym in Louisville, top-100 recruit Kiyaunta Goodwin announced he’s decided to continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Kentucky. He chose Kentucky over the best of the best in college football, including Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, and Michigan State. According to 247 Sports, Goodwin held 63 offers.
The 6-7, 300-pound offensive tackle actually grew up in Louisville before moving to Charlestown (IN) where he currently plays for Charlestown High School. He’s a four-star recruit and is listed as the sixth-best offensive tackle in the country, according to the 247 Sports. He’s ranked 54th overall and the eighth-best tackle at Rivals.
Speaking of, Kentucky now has a top-15 recruiting class at both 247 Sports (15th) and Rivals (10th).
Here is what 247 Sports National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu has to say about Goodwin.
“Physical specimen who has done a fantastic job re-shaping his body. At that same time, he has worked on explosiveness and that training has gotten him moving very well at his size. Plays with physicality and intensity. Finishes his blocks. Coordinated enough on his feet to drive defenders and stay balanced. Shows he can get out of his stance quickly in pass pro. Still refining technique with his hands and punch but has all of the qualities to be a true blindside protector at the next level. Has tremendous upside and has shown the work ethic to reach his ceiling. Has the potential to be a franchise type of left tackle.”
Goodwin has serious potential to be a three-and-done player, something that Kentucky fans are not use to thinking about when it comes to football talent that comes into the program. With Darrian Kinnard going to be a draft pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, it’s very possible Goodwin will be the starting left tackle at some point during the 2022 football season.
Goodwin becomes the eighth commitment for Mark Stoops in the class of 2022. He joins new commits Destin and Keaten Wade alongside, Grant Bingham, Treyveon Longmire, Andre Stewart, Jeremiah Caldwell, and Jackson Smith.
They call Vince Marrow, “Big Dog” for a reason. Well Vince prop your feet up and celebrate tonight, because you just pulled off one of the biggest commitments in Kentucky history.
Check out some of his junior year tape below!