Roanoke High School (Robersonville, NC) star Trimaine Goddard was in Charlottesville this weekend for an official visit. His first official visit turned out to be an excellent experience.
“It was real cool,” Goddard said. “It was actually better than I thought. The football game was crazy. I got to hang out with Tony Franklin, Emmanuel Byers, Wali Lundy, and a bunch of players. My parents loved it. They talked with the coaches and the coaches wives. They really enjoyed how the they were treated.”
Goddard arrived Friday night, and was hosted by Emmanuel Byers. He attended the UVA/VT basketball game and spent the evening with the players and had dinner with the coaches.
On Saturday, he attended UVA’s 35-21 victory over Virginia Tech in football. At night, he was hosted by Tony Franklin.
“The first thing about the game was they were losing,” Goddard said. “They were really moving the ball well all night, and put it together in the second half. When they did the fake field goal, it was off the hook. At the beginning of the game, I was chilling but as it went on, I was standing and cheering with everyone else. After the game, everybody was high-fiving. It was a good time.”
Goddard says the highlight of his visit was “chilling with the players. I just wanted to see how they were at first, and then they were kind of giving me recruiting tips. They just told me to go where I feel at home. I asked them about the coaches and they told me who they liked and they said all of the coaches were cool. I hung out with Emmanuel [Byers] a lot, and it seemed like I had known him for a long time.”
Virginia remains atop Goddard’s favorite school list with UNC, who he has an in-home visit with this week. Following his Virginia trip, Goddard says the list has not changed.
“It’s still the same,” Goddard said. “Virginia and UNC are still my top two. I’m going to take my official visits, and compare how I felt at each of those schools. Then I’ll decide.”
The Cavaliers are recruiting Goddard primarily as a defensive back. He met with Coach Al Groh on Sunday before leaving, and the two spoke further.
“Coach Groh told me he recruits players that can play in the league, and he feels I’m one of those players,” Goddard said. “He said if I work hard, I’d have the opportunity to play early. I’d like...
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