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May 31, 2006

The latest on Goodson

Despite reports to the contrary, Rivals.com has learned that top running back recruit Michael Goodson has enrolled at Texas A&M. Goodson has been admitted to Texas A&M on a provisional basis.

Rivals.com has also learned that Goodson still must clear two hurdles before he is allowed to suit up for the Aggies' football team this fall.

The first hurdle? He has yet to be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Second, Goodson has yet to graduate from Klein Collins High School.

It's typical for many recruits to enroll in school before being cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse or while their applications are still being reviewed by the NCAA. Most schools allow players to work out with the team while awaiting the ruling. This "slower ruling" from the Clearinghouse is quasi-normal for recruits who have less-than-ideal high school grades or recruits who were awaiting grade results of their final semester of high school.

The clearinghouse issue may be resolved within the month or it could drag into late August. The NCAA Clearinghouse gives no true timetable for such a ruling.

However, the high school graduation issue remains more unclear.

Sources say it could be resolved favorably for Goodson sometime this week or next, in which case he could remain at Texas A&M. Otherwise, he may have to take summer school classes to graduate and it's uncertain whether he would be allowed to remain at A&M in the interim and take both high school and college classes simultaneously.

Elite company
Rivals.com's top five running backs in the 2006 class
Chris Wells signed with Ohio State
Stafon Johnson signed with USC
James Aldridge signed with Notre Dame
Michael Goodson signed with Texas A&M
Carlos Brown signed with Michigan
Goodson, a 6-foot, 205-pounder, is the nation's No. 4 rated running back prospect in the class of 2006 by Rivals.com. He was also ranked the No. 4 rated overall prospect in Texas.

The Aggies return a potent offense next season with quarterback Stephen McGee and big back Jorvorskie Lane. Goodson's speed and slashing style are expected to complement McGee and Lane. He could become the big-play threat in the Aggies' running attack.

Goodson committed to Texas A&M in late January after decommitting from Oklahoma State. He was also heavily recruited by Southern Cal and Miami.

As a senior, Goodson rushed for 973 yards and eight touchdowns despite suffering a minor ankle injury. He was the area player of the year as a junior in 2004 after rushing for 1,061 yards and 13 touchdowns for Collins.

Rivals.com editor-in-chief Bobby Burton contributed to this report.

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