The Syracuse Orange football program has been busy tossing out some future offers lately, but one (literally) stands above them all.
Kiyaunta Goodwin is a 6-foot-7, 370-pound lineman in EIGHTH GRADE right now. But the Louisville product has collected a ton of Power Five offers already -- Georgia, LSU, Louisville, Kentucky (plus Syracuse, most recently) — and figures to keep on growing, if doctors are to be believed. In a recent Bleacher Report piece, there are thoughts he could grow beyond seven feet tall. Does Jim Boeheim need a center for 2022?
Goodwin’s profile is only going to grow, and we could very easily fall by the wayside as he earns a star rating and more high-profile offers come in. But for now, he’s a potential 2022 target who would be the biggest player on this year’s Orange team. That’s insane.
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He’s a real college lineman right now,” Raesean Bruce, Goodwin’s middle school coach, told Bleacher Report. “... He’s just so big, and he doesn’t know his real strength yet.” Goodwin only started lifting weights a few months ago and is looking for a high school with a robotics program, per Bleacher Report.
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But I also think it goes to something deeper than that, when people will make this argument — in a way that really bothers me. It goes to this idea that… as we’re making all of these amazing strides in society, in terms of increasing our social awareness, and making efforts toward ideas like diversity and equality, and just sort of creating this more inclusive world… somehow sports should be an exception.
Kris Joseph signs with Le Havre (Sportando)
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