Garland Rowlett track star Marquise Goodwin is something special. In fact, as a sophomore, you can already call Goodwin a national champion. After destroying the competition in the state long jump finals, he competed in nationals and took that title as well. He also plays wide receiver for Rowlett and will likely be one of the top junior wide outs in the ’09 class.
Marquise Goodwin started every game at wide receiver at Rowlett receiving honorable mention all-district honors as a sophomore. Goodwin may be an impressive wide receiver, but his track accomplishments dwarf his performance on the football field. He showed his tremendous athleticism during track season bringing home a state and national championships in long jump.
“I won state in long jump and got second place in the triple jump,” Goodwin said. “I just came back from Puerto Rico where I competed in the long jump competition. I won there. I also won long jump at the Nike Outdoor Nationals.”
Goodwin hasn’t been to any camps over the summer due to his rigorous track meets, but he does have friends and family scattered among various universities throughout the Lone Star State. He plans one making it out to a few college football games during the fall.
“My cousin, Jamar Wall, plays for Texas Tech so I will probably make it to one of their games. That is also my home town,” Goodwin said. “I might make a TCU game. I have a friend that plays for them. I also have a couple of friends that play for Texas. I will be all around.”
Goodwin didn’t really have a favorite team growing up, but he did mention the Texas Longhorns as a school that he likes at this point in time.
“Since I was little, I just liked playing football, but I didn’t get into watching the game until I was in the sixth or seventh grade,” Goodwin said. “I like Texas. They have a good program and a good coaching staff. They just have an overall good athletic program.”
It’s not hard to see that Goodwin is a good athlete, but he want to focus on academics as well.
“I like academics,” Goodwin replied when asked what he will likely look for in his choice of school. “I don’t want to be labeled as only an athlete. I would like to excel in academics as well.”
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Goodwin brings excellent speed to the football field. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. He mentioned quickness and awareness as two priorities that he wants to work on during his junior season.