The Longhorns picked up two for one on Sunday. Rowlett receiver Marquis Goodwin gave his commitment to head football coach Mack Brown to play football and to head track and field coach Bubba Thornton to run track at the University of Texas.
If there’s one thing Rowlett receiver Marquise Goodwin is known for, it’s speed. In 2009, he’ll be bring that speed to a pair of Texas stadia: Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial and Mike A. Myers.
Goodwin gave his commitment to play football and run track for Texas at Sunday’s football camp. Another benefit to Goodwin’s commitment is he won’t count against the football scholarship limit of 85, at least initially.
“I’m going on a track scholarship, but it’ll count for football when I start playing,” said Goodwin.
Once Goodwin hits the field for the Texas football team, he’ll start counting against the scholarship limit, but if he plays as soon as his redshirt freshman season, the Longhorns still won’t need to have room for him until 2010.
When he arrives at Texas, he’ll most likely start contributing immediately for the track team. The Horns plan on having him compete in both long and triple jump, the 100 and the 4×100 relay. With a 10.34 in the 100 as it stands now and a long jump of 26.1, Goodwin will be one of the top athletes on the track team the moment he arrives and should be able to help in each event.
What’s not as clear is where he’ll help out on the football field. Goodwin said the most likely position is receiver, but the Longhorns are also looking at him as a DB. Regardless, he’s got the speed to play both, which Goodwin says is the best quality he brings to a team.
“My speed, beating people down the field. I’m quicker than any other player on the field. I’m not tall, but I’m faster than everybody,” said Goodwin.
He stands at just 5-8, but he has a response to anyone who says he’s too short.
“Whatever. That’s what they told Emmit Smith,” said Goodwin.
At the Texas camp, Goodwin ran the 40 for Longhorn coaches, as did many other of the camp’s attendees. Multiple players at the camp told Inside Texas that, due to the thickness of the grass, the 40s were run on a slow track, but that didn’t stop Goodwin from putting up a 4.34.
When it came to where he was going to bring that speed, Goodwin had several choices. In the end it came down to the Aggies and Longhorns.
“I looked hard into both Texas and Texas A&M, but Texas had what I wanted. It was unanimous, really,” said Goodwin.
On Sunday he made his commitment official and will bring his talents to Texas for both both sports.
“I’m just glad to be a Longhorn,” said Goodwin.