Dec. 17, 2003
SEATTLE - Rashaad Goodrum and Dashon Goldson, a pair of junior college players, have signed national letters of intent to play for Washington. Goldson will enroll at the University in January for the winter quarter and will participate in off-season conditioning drills with his Husky teammates. Goodrum will enroll in April for the start of the spring quarter and participate in spring football.
Goodrum was a 6-3, 225-pound linebacker/defense end at Los Angeles Valley College and is expected to play the same position at Washington. A two-year starter, he had 55 total tackles last season including 35 solo stops. He was credited with 16 tackles for loss, six sacks and 18 quarterback hurries. He also forced a pair of fumbles.
Rated a four-star performer by Max Emfinger Football, Goodrum earned all-Western States Conference honors in 2003 while playing for coach Ron Ponciano. The Monarchs finished 1-9 last season.
Goodrum prepped at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, N.C. He was a second-team all-Mid South Conference selection his senior season. Goodrum played both fullback and linebacker for coach Dean Saffos. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry as a running back during his senior season. His younger brother, Nuru, is a freshman fullback at The Citadel.
Goldson originally signed a letter of intent with Washington in 2002. He was a 6-1, 200-pound safety at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College and is expected to play the same position at Washington. He played for head coach Jeff Leiker at Coffeyville.
Last year Goldson helped his team to a 9-3 record and was named a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American. He also earned first-team all-Jayhawk Community College honors. He was named the KJCCC defensive player of the year. Goldson was sixth in the league with 99 tackles and had a pair of interceptions. The Coffeyville defense was the top-ranked in the conference, allowing just 246.7 yards per game.
Goldson is from Carson, Calif., where he played high school football at Narbonne. As a senior, totaled 130 tackles, six tackles for loss and six interceptions, including two for scores. He received two votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's 2001 "Best in the West" poll and earned first-team all-Marine League honors in each of his final two seasons for coach by J.R. Munoz.
"Both Rashaad and Dashon are great athletes and will add a lot of speed to our defense," said Washington coach Keith Gilbertson. "We feel both of these players can have an immediate impact on our defense. We felt Dashon was the best junior college secondary player in the nation this year and we are very pleased he chose to attend Washington after originally signing with us out of high school. Rashaad has really matured as a player during the past two seasons and we think he can really help us with his pass rushing skills. The addition of these players is a great way to start our recruiting. The fact they will both graduate from their respective schools in time to participate in spring football here will be a great benefit in there development."