GEORGE | More colleges offer 6-foot-7-inch, 379-pound 8th grader, Kiyuanta Goodwin
At 6 feet 7 inches tall and 379 pounds, Kiyaunta Goodwin is too big to hide from the spotlight. The 14-year-old has already received eight college offers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- All college football coaches look for the same specific qualities in potential prospects, and size, speed, strength and agility always seem to round out the short list.
Finding a guy who possesses all four can be a challenge. Luckily, for Kiyaunta Goodwin, he’s not hard to find.
“He’s blessed physically like no one I’ve ever seen before,” said Tahj Rice, a Duke football signee and soon-to-be Waggener High School graduate.
Goodwin and Rice are among the many talented athletes who train at Aspirations Fitness under Chris Vaughn, a former Louisville Cardinal.
“Everywhere he goes, it’s kind of like a shock-and-awe effect,” Vaughn said.
At 6 feet 7 inches and 379 pounds, it’s easy to see why Goodwin has eight verbal football scholarship offers. Kentucky, Louisville, WKU and Georgia all see what cannot be unseen: a stature that is bigger than most NFL lineman currently in the league.
“You know everyone has different ceilings," Vaughn said. "His ceiling just happens to be astronomical in comparison to some other people because of his God-given size."
Goodwin knows playing college football is an opportunity of a lifetime, and he doesn’t take the offers lightly.
“Honestly, I just wanted to go to college and get an education and be one of the first people to graduate from college in my family,” Goodwin said.
With graduation just two weeks away, he has a big decision to make. He’ll decide where to attend high school in the next few months.
That’s right. High school.
Goodwin is just an eighth grader at Olmsted Academy North, which is always quite the surprise.
“Well, if they don’t know me, they’re usually shocked," he said. "They don’t actually know that I’m 14. They think that I’m a little older than I am."
Here’s the thing: He already looks like a college lineman. Who knows what he’ll look like in four years.
“It’ll be fun to see how everything plays out, how many offers he’ll end up getting, and to watch his development throughout the years,” Vaughn said.
In the meantime, Goodwin stays motivated watching the greats.
“I have three lineman that I know that I look up to: Larry Allen, Michael Oher and Orlando Pace,” Goodwin said.
He certainly has the potential to be the next Oher, but some think he’s destined for even bigger things.
“I think for sure he’ll be the No. 1 player in the country," Rice said. "No doubt in mind."
But Vaughn made an even bigger claim.
“His potential is to be the best athlete to come out of Louisville since Muhammad Ali," Vaughn said. "Honestly, that’s what I think.”
We’ll just have to wait and see.
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