LSU football predicted to steal RB commit from SEC West rival

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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LSU football could be adding a key 2021 running back in the near future.

Four-star running back Aromoni Goodwin is currently committed to Auburn, but he might end up being part of LSU football‘s 2021 signing class.

Rivals LSU reporter Jimmy Smith predicted this week that Goodwin will flip to LSU, noting that the move could come after he visits Baton Rouge (whenever visits are allowed to resume).

Smith said that Goodwin, who committed to Auburn in May 2019, has been a priority for new LSU running backs coach Kevin Faulk.

What would Goodwin bring to LSU football?

Goodwin, 5-foot-8/190 lbs from Trussville, AL, is rated in 247sports’ composite rankings as the No. 4 player in the state of Alabama and the No. 5 running back in the nation. He’s also rated as the No. 90 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class.

247Sports national writer Charles Power describes Goodwin as a “versatile offensive weapon with the ability to rip off long gains by using his speed and compact build to run through contact”. Power projects Goodwin to be a “Power Five starter with the potential to develop into a NFL Draft pick”.

The NFL comparison for Goodwin, according to 247Sports, is former Memphis Tigers running back Darrell Henderson, who was selected in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams.

The main concern with Goodwin

Goodwin is obviously an extremely talented player, but there’s some concern about his knee. The Alabama native tore his ACL shortly after the start of his junior season. He’s expected to be ready to go for the 2020 season, but how will his knee respond?

Most elite players recover just fine from a torn ACL. But anytime there’s a significant injury to a young player, there’s definitely concern about how the recovery will go.

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However, if Goodwin can get back to his pre-injury form (he was averaging 9.3 yards per carry in three games before the injury), then LSU (if he does indeed flip his commitment from Auburn to LSU) will be getting a dangerous offensive weapon that could have a bright future in Baton Rouge.