Stepinac's Goodman commits to Akron
The major-college offers were just starting to trickle in for Tyrell Goodman. Ball State, Buffalo and Temple recently joined the chase. Had he not committed suddenly over the weekend, Goodman believes more schools, schools from outside the Mid-American Conference, would have come calling.
Stepinac's all-state quarterback, Tyrell Goodman of Yonkers, will attend the University of Akron.
By not getting in the game earlier, though, those schools lost their chance at Stepinac's decorated quarterback.
Goodman gave his oral commitment to the University of Akron at 9 p.m. Sunday while on an official visit to the Ohio school.
"I went up there, and I felt at home," Goodman said.
"The coaches were great. The coaches just made me feel so welcome. Not just Coach (Rob) Ianello -- all the rest of the coaches were like family. They took me in, so I couldn't really pass that up."
Akron might be 460 miles from White Plains, but Goodman said the school was like a second Stepinac. That's because Ianello, the second-year head coach, is a 1983 Stepinac graduate. And Jim Miceli, Akron's recruiting coordinator and assistant head coach, is a longtime friend of Stepinac coach Mike O'Donnell.
O'Donnell alerted them to Goodman's talents early on. They showed interest right away and eventually offered a full scholarship, but they were not the first to make an offer. Stony Brook was, for a while, the only school with a scholarship on the table. Goodman, a Yonkers resident, made his one official visit there while Akron and others in the MAC started to get serious.
"Right now, that whole Mid-American Conference has been recruiting him," O'Donnell said. "Ball State just came in on him, Buffalo. They felt he might have slipped through the cracks a little with some of the D-I schools."
It's hard to imagine someone such as Goodman slipping through the cracks. He led the Crusaders to the CHSFL A Division championship and was named Westchester/Putnam player of the year by The Journal News and state co-player of the year by the New York State Sports Writers Association. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound quarterback passed for 1,686 yards and 23 touchdowns and rushed for 1,172 yards and another 14 touchdowns.
Akron has three quarterbacks on its roster, including 2010 starter Patrick Nicely. With the athleticism to play multiple positions, Goodman isn't locked into quarterback. However, that's what he wants to play, and that's what he was recruited as.
"They see me as a quarterback," he said. "They said I'm going to work at the quarterback position, and if I don't like it, I can try something else."
Akron coaches cannot comment until Goodman signs his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 2.
Akron went 1-11 in Ianello's first season. The Zips were 3-9 the previous season under J.D. Brookhart.
The Zips are scheduled to open the 2011 season at Ohio State. In 2012, they will open against Tennessee, and in 2013, against Notre Dame.
Goodman said he plans to major in sports management.