Film Study: UTEP Commit T.J. Goodwin

UTEP grabbed a three-star commit from Northwest Houston's Cy Falls high school. We thought we'd take a quick look at Goodwin's Hudl film and see what we could. Goodwin currently holds offers from UTEP, Texas State, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, South Alabama and several FCS schools including a few Ivy league institutions. 

Our usual Hudl disclaimer is somewhat tiresome at this point but bears repeating though just briefly. Hudl videos are inadequate to make a real evaluation. No one throws pick, takes a sack, trips over their shoelaces in a Hudl highlight. They all look like Joe Montana, and Cam Newton had a baby delivered by Tom Brady. The videos do show an athletic baseline, mechanics, and the system a player plays in. You are hereby disclaimed. 

Cy Falls' district was a self-contained entity. Every Cypress Fairbanks ISD school was in the district, all ten of them, so each team got one out of district game. Last season the 6A Division II champ came out of the district - Cy Fair. Cy Ranch put together a run of 27 straight district wins from 2014 to 2017, including a state title appearance. Langham Creek went four rounds deep into the playoffs last year, losing to Cy Fair. The district is fairly stacked, certainly one of the stronger 6A groups. This year they've split it up, but Cy Falls still finds itself in a district with Cy Fair.  

Goodwin started as a sophomore, completing 53% of his passes for just over 1,278 yards with nearly twice as many picks as touchdowns. As a junior in 2017, Goodwin improved his completion percentage to a respectable 60% with eleven touchdowns to seven picks. He threw for 1,755 yards. He made a significant leap in accuracy and improved mechanically. 

He's also a multi-sport player for the Eagles which we like. Falls won the 6A State Basketball Championship in 2017.

Here's his Hudl film:

A few quick notes:

  • Goodwin is all of 6-5, with a great frame to build on.
  • He's a slim reaper right now, but once he gets into a college weight room, he should fill out. 
  • Goodwin is a pocket passer; he's going to run to throw. That's a good thing, he's a tall target for defenders to zero in on. 
  • That being said, he's a plus athlete. 
  • When he moves in the pocket, he gets reckless with the ball, one arming it, but his head is downfield, and he's looking to make plays. 
  • As a sophomore, Falls ran more under center, so he's done that quite a bit. In 2017 he ran almost exclusively shotgun. 
  • His motion improved a lot from his sophomore year to last year. Less wasted movement, more confident with his reads, good focus downfield. 
  • Has happy feet under pressure, turns away from contact. 
  • When he sets, he's got a good, accurate arm. 
  • Gets away with some late throws on his Hudl tape, he tries to muscle the ball with his arm. As he gets better with his feet, and stronger, he'll improve in that area. 
  • So many of these mechanical issues are completely fixable. You can't coach a kid to have Goodwin's natural size and arm strength. There is a LOT of upside with him. 

If Goodwin signs, he'll be the highest composite rated high school quarterback to sign with UTEP since Tavia Hall way back in 2010.

UTEP opens the 2018 season against Northern Arizona on September 1st. 

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