Mario Goodrich became the first player from the state of Missouri to sign with Clemson when he chose the Tigers over offers from LSU, Georgia and others on Signing Day.
Clemson did not offer Goodrich until January and he had never attended a game at Clemson, but the Tigers were still able to land the four-star prospect and No. 114 overall recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney believes the Tigers landing Goodrich from the Midwest says a lot about Clemson’s program.
“To be able to go out to Missouri and get Mario Goodrich just speaks to the reach of our brand,” Swinney said. “He’s got everything you could possibly want to play in our secondary. An excellent fit for our program… Our program’s kind of built from inside out, but to be able to reach out when we need to and fill a need is pretty special. There’s not a lot of programs that can do that.”
Goodrich played receiver and defensive back in high school but will focus on defense with the Tigers.
He recorded 11 interceptions during his high school career and returned five for touchdowns.
“He’s just got the explosiveness that you look for, incredibly high character, very smart, excellent student,” Swinney said. “From a football standpoint he’s got everything you could possibly want.”
The other defensive back Clemson signed is Kyler McMichael of Georgia. The 6-foot-1, 185 pounder is rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 8 cornerback and No. 56 overall player in the country.
Swinney expects McMichael, who also played running back and was a US Army All-American, to have a strong career with the Tigers.
“Kyler McMichael is the epitome of dynamic. He can be a Division I running back or a Division I DB. He wants to play corner and he’s going to be a great one,” Swinney said. “This kid is physically developed, he’s fast, he’s physical. He’s very smart. His dad was a college player. I think he’s got such a bright future.”