DE Monkell Goodwine (6-4 260) is a prospect Clemson turned to in April after the decommitment of Korey Foreman. The Tigers worked their way into his final three along with Alabama and Kentucky. Saturday afternoon at 3:30 Goodwine will announce his commitment on Twitter and Instagram via Sports Illustrated. Goodwine also had considered Texas A&M and Arizona State before getting down to the Tigers, Crimson Tide and Wildcats. He has told the school of his decision, which he made earlier this month.
“It’s exciting, but I’m really nervous at the same time,” Goodwine said. “I’m going to have to make a big transition without playing any games in high school (this fall). I’ve just got to train for the whole, entire month. Hopefully I’ll be football ready then.
As for what he liked most about the school he chose, Goodwine said, “The coaches, me being comfortable with the coaches. I’ve been up there before, so I was already comfortable with everything. And on top of that, how their defensive scheme is run. They send players to the league. It could definitely be that orange. It could be blue. It could be red.”
Goodwine visited Clemson with some teammates in the spring of his freshman season, and that sparked his interest in the Tigers. He camped last summer at Alabama.
An ankle injury limited Goodwine to just five games last season. He still managed 48 tackles and 4 sacks. He said what coaches love about him is his speed rush coming off the edge. In the 247Sports Composite, Goodwine is ranked the #9 strongside defensive end nationally and the #4 prospect in Maryland in the 2021 class.