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July 17, 2008

Brian Goodwin - NC's Best Prep Baseball Player

One well-respected North Carolina high school baseball coach was quoted last spring as saying that Rocky Mount's Brian Goodwin was the best player in the state. He could be right. His bat and legs were feared at the plate and on the base paths, but his glove and arm were even more feared while guarding center field.

2008: Goodwin batted .473 (44-93) with 21 RBI and 45 runs scored to lead Rocky Mount High School (27-6) to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A state title - its first baseball state championship in 28 years. He led the state in doubles (15), was second in the state in runs scored and was third in the state with 44 hits. He tallied four triples, stole 21 (21-for-21) bases and was walked 27 times - including four intentional passes during the state championship series.

Goodwin was named to the N.C. Baseball Coaches Association 3-A All-State team, selected Player of the Year by the NEW 6 3-A Conference and Area Baseball Player of the Year by the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram. He has set three single-season school records (hits, doubles, runs) and is on-pace to break more than six school career records.

2007: Batted .356 (31-87) with 17 RBI and 29 runs scored. He slapped seven doubles and four triples for the 20-5 Gryphons. He also compiled 13 stolen bases in being named to the NEW 6 All-Conference first team as a sophomore. He was also MVP of the 31st Annual Rocky Mount Easter Baseball Tournament. Goodwin was an All-Area selection by the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram.

PERSONAL: Possessed with great speed, Goodwin was also a star football player for a Rocky Mount team that went 14-1 last fall. A two-year starter as a kick returner and defensive back, Goodwin returned four kicks (two kickoffs, two punts) for touchdowns. While on defense, he recorded 42 tackles, three pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He was voted to the 2007 NEW 6 All-Conference first team at two positions: defensive back and special teams player. He was selected to the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram All-Area football team.

Representing the Southeast Region, North Carolina state champion Nash County, guided by Goodwin, advanced to the title game of the 2005 14-Year-Old Babe Ruth World Series held in Quincy, Mass.

Goodwin has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina.

Charles Alston
iHigh.com correspondent
Rocky Mount, North Carolina

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