He's only in 8th grade but he already has verbal offers from multiple Division I football teams to help add some size to their lines in a few years — and at 6'7" and 370 pounds, and growing, he's already got that covered.
College scouts say that Kiyaunta Goodwin, an 8th grader at Olmstead Academy North in Louisville, Kentucky, doesn't just have the height and weight to merit the early offers, he's showing signs of having the athleticism to compete at the highest level.
So far, Georgia, Louisville, Kentucky, and Western Kentucky have verbally offered the 14-year-old scholarships, and why wouldn't they? As Bleacher Report points out, he's "already larger than most NFL linemen."
"He's a real college lineman right now," Goodwin's middle school coach Raesean Bruce says.
Aspirations Fitness CEO Chris Vaughn, a former captain on Louisville's football team, suggests that if Goodwin does end up on a D-I team, he's poised to dominate. Goodwin, says Vaughn, is a once in a lifetime athlete. BR reports:
In the past six years, more than 100 Division I athletes have worked out at Aspirations under Vaughn. In Kentucky, this is where many of the best football players come to train. But in all his years around the sport, he's never been around anyone quite like Goodwin.
Vaughn has taken Goodwin on visits to Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and others. The visits are simply to give him a taste of what's out there—to show him parts of the country and places that could become his home.
"I've been blessed to work with a lot of kids who are genetically blessed, but he's different," Vaughn says. "He's the 1 percent of the 1 percent. I've talked with coaches who have told me he's going to be the No. 1 player in the country and the No. 1 draft pick."
Despite his increased focus on football over the last few years, Goodwin's passion for the arts and engineering remain among his priorities. Of particular interest to the young man is robotics, programs for which he hopes to enroll in both high school and college.
"Football is something I love doing, but it's also something I want to use to get more out of life," says the young man. "I could be one of the first people in my family to graduate. I want to go to college and get a degree."
Below is a report on Goodwin by Spectrum News: