In a day and age of football when tackling seems to have become a lost art, players like Tahaan Goodman stand out from the rest.
Goodman is one of the top-10 safeties set to leave high school and take his talents to college football in 2013. The sure tackler out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is rated as a 4-star recruit by 247Sports Composite and is one of the top five players in the state coming out of the high school ranks this year.
At 6'3", 195 pounds, Goodman has tremendous size for a safety and possesses excellent closing speed because of his quick, long stride.
Goodman isn't a burner by any means, but he has the speed college scouts and coaches look for in someone who will provide the team's last line of defense at the next level. He runs the 40-yard dash in a time around 4.5 seconds.
But his biggest strength by far is his ability to wrap up ball-carriers and run through backs and receivers. In today's game, poor-form tackling is becoming the norm, which makes the fundamentally sound Goodman an invaluable asset in the secondary.
In addition to excelling as a tackler, Goodman has solid instincts, can read plays quickly and cover lots of field in a hurry.
There are very few weaknesses in Goodman's game, but if there's one to point to, it would be his hands. Like most defenders, he lacks the soft hands required to reel in every errant throw.
Overall, there are a whole lot of reasons to like what this young man brings to the table. He plays the game the right way, maximizes on his natural talents and abilities and has tons of potential at the next level.
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Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting star ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite system.