Mario Goodrich has been through the recruiting process before, but that hasn’t made the second time around any easier for the Lee’s Summit West senior football star.
“This time, it’s more hectic,” Goodrich said. “More people are calling me and everyone wants to do home visits. All the plane rides ... you just get tired and exhausted.”
The grind will come to an end Feb. 7, when Goodrich will announce his college choice on National Signing Day. He plans to sign during a ceremony that afternoon at the school, which recognizes all 23 of West’s National Letter of Intent signees.
Goodrich, a 6-foot-2 cornerback/wide receiver, didn’t plan on going through the recruiting process again when he committed to Nebraska more than six months ago. That changed in December when the Cornhuskers fired coach Mike Riley and replaced him with Scott Frost.
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Since reopening his recruiting, Goodrich has visited LSU and during the last two weekends he’s been to Georgia and Clemson. He’ll take his final recruiting trip this weekend to Oregon.
Those four, Goodrich said, will likely make his final cut.
“As of right now, I like LSU and Georgia so far,” Goodrich said. “I’ll just see how it plays out at Clemson and with the Ducks.”
Goodrich, a Rivals four-star recruit, has received nearly two dozen offers — including ones from Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State — but he has said he isn’t considering any of those three schools.
He’s also ruled out Nebraska, after indicating earlier he was still in contact with the Huskers.
Goodrich is considered the No. 3 recruit in Missouri and No. 95 nationally, according to Rivals. As a junior, he intercepted seven passes and returned two for touchdowns. As a senior, he had one interception and 15 pass break-ups.
Goodrich, who also is a four-year varsity basketball player at West, also has received some NCAA Division I interest in that sport, but he decided early on that he wanted to play football.
Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit North are also planning ceremonies for National Signing Day.