For many, it came as a surprise when the Texas A&M football team didn’t land Quinn Ewers in the transfer portal. The former Ohio State quarterback and Texas native committed to the University of Texas in a move that can only be described as an attempt to chase a bag (of money).
And in all honesty, the Aggies could have dodged a bullet there — but that’s a conversation for another day.
Instead, we’ll be focusing on another prospect who could be headed to play for the Texas A&M football team. This prospect, however, is currently committed to another SEC school and could be flipped to a number of other programs. That prospect is five-star offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin.
The Texas A&M football team is in the mix but unfortunately for the Aggies, Tuck comin’
As mentioned, Kiyaunta Goodwin is currently committed to another SEC team — that team is Kentucky, which is seemingly on the verge of losing its first five-star commitment since 2006 and third in the history of the program.
Who is stealing it from them?
This is a tricky answer, as Goodwin isn’t a clear favorite to go to any specific team. That said, there are two programs clearly in the mix — Texas A&M and Michigan State. In a recruiting cycle where Jimbo Fisher seemingly cannot miss, this seems like an automatic win for the Aggies. Unfortunately, as previously mentioned, Tuck Comin’.
That’s referring to Mel Tucker, the former Nick Saban and Kirby Smart assistant who recently brought a dead-in-the-water MSU team to a ten-win regular season. It would appear that he’s putting in the work and putting up a fight for Goodwin.
Here’s why Spartan Avenue’s Connor Muldowney thinks Michigan State could land Goodwin.
"If there’s one main reason Kiyaunta Goodwin is going to flip to Michigan State on National Signing Day, it would have to be the fact that the Spartans desperately need some help in the trenches. Michigan State’s offensive line has been a liability for years and signing a recruit who could come in and be that starting left tackle from day one would be huge."
A&M may not be able to offer the same early playing time but if Goodwin is looking out for his long-term future, Jimbo Fisher’s team is the clear choice here. After watching Kenyon Green have a career in Aggieland that featured two consecutive All-American appearances, it’s clear that this football program knows how to develop high-level offensive line talent.
That said, it’s not up to me. Goodwin’s choice will likely come on signing day tomorrow — if not Goodwin, A&M still has a few other offensive linemen in the mix.