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Four-star discusses newfound Clemson interest

Clemson has recently become involved in the recruitment of Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West four-star athlete Mario Goodrich.

Enticed by what he has seen on film, defensive backs coach Mike Reed began communicating with him a few weeks ago before making a trip to his school last week.

“They said they were only taking like one corner in my class, but they wanted to know if I was really interested in Clemson,” Goodrich told The Clemson Insider. “They haven’t offered me, but I’m still exploring my options.”

Goodrich, who has over a dozen offers, is interested in Clemson.

“I’m interested. I don’t really know too much,” he said. “I know it’s a nice campus. They have a good journalism program also. That’s what I want to go to school for, sports broadcasting, and then I obviously know that they won the national championship last year.”

Goodrich (6-2, 180) profiles as a cornerback or safety at the next level. His offer sheet features Iowa, Kansas State, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, N.C. State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Oklahoma among others.

He hopes to visit Clemson this summer, potentially for the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.

“I want to see how the coaches are, see what the defense is like, basically how everybody interacts with each other, if it’s a family like environment,” he said.

Goodrich visited Nebraska for its spring game in mid-April and said the Huskers stand out in his recruitment. He doesn’t currently have a timetable for a commitment decision.

“(I’m looking for) a stable environment, good journalism program, the coaching staff, a family like environment, and somewhere that will coach me as a player and a person,” he said.

Goodrich ranks as a top-five prospect in Missouri and top-250 overall prospect in the 2018 class by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports.

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