Kingsley-Pierson linebacker Beau Goodwin is going to be a Cyclone next year. Goodwin signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning in front of family and friends.
Goodwin says he is happy to have this decision made, so he can focus on the rest of his senior year.
The decision ultimately came down to South Dakota State and Iowa State as to his final options. In the end, Goodwin says staying in-state, staying closer to home, and being at the highest level of college football was something that has always appealed to him.
Goodwin says both schools were in contact with him all throughout the process.
Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell and Assistant Head Coach Tyson Veidt made multiple visits to the area to watch Goodwin play basketball this winter. Most recently, they came to watch Goodwin and the Panthers play Cherokee at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City. Goodwin says those visits spoke volumes about their commitment to having him on their team.
Campbell called to offer the opportunity to play football at Iowa State on Friday, and Goodwin sealed the decision with a visit to campus this past weekend. Goodwin says what finally sold him was the great interactions he had with other coaches and current players.
Goodwin and the Panthers were handed a tough deck of cards with the transition up from eight-man to 11-man and the joining of two school districts. Goodwin says in spite of all the challenges, it was a great year, and it prepared him well for the next step.
The Cyclones will kick off their 2024 football schedule at home on August 31 when they take on the Fighting Hawks from the University of North Dakota.