Tahaan Goodman to UCLA: Bruins Land 4-Star Safety Recruit

Tim KeeneyContributor IJanuary 23, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247sports.com
Photo courtesy of 247sports.com

Pretty much every school in the nation wanted safety Tahaan Goodman, but UCLA has been lucky enough to acquire his talented services.

The news comes from Adam Gorney of Rivals.com:

Tahaan Goodman has committed to #UCLA

— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) January 23, 2013

According to 247Sports' composite rankings, the 4-star Rancho Cucamonga star had offers from storied programs such as Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and USC. In total, he had 25 official offers and undoubtedly drew interest from just about every college on the planet.  

And it's not hard to see why. Listed at 6'3" and 195 pounds, Goodman has ideal size to pair with his impressive athleticism, and he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds.

ESPN's Scouting Report noted the following observations of this rising star's coveted abilities:

Goodman is a talented safety prospect with the measurables, athleticism and instincts you look for at the position. He is well-rounded with a nose for the ball on both run and pass support. Great blend of size and speed with the range and length to cover the field. He has smooth hips and overall movements for a bigger safety. Shows explosive pop on contact, but still needs to develop his functional strength and continue filling out. He's a smart football player who sees the whole field with very good awareness skills. Does a very good job reading the quarterback and route development. 

The Bruins are getting an exceptional talent in Goodman. 

247Sports' composite rankings have him as the eighth-best safety prospect and the No. 65 overall recruit in the 2013 class. He is also considered the fifth-best player coming out of California this year.

Goodman can just about do it all for a defensive back. He has the speed and range to cover large areas back at safety. In addition, he possesses the natural instincts and quickness to step up into coverage if necessary.

And it doesn't hurt that he has the tackling ability to help in run support as well. 

Though he can still add some bulk to become an immediate impact in LA, Goodman's combination of versatility and talent will make him a force at the collegiate level for a long time.