Newly installed Syracuse offensive line coach Steve Farmer wasted no time when he arrived in Central New York.
One of the first things Farmer did was reach out to 2024 offensive lineman Willie Goodacre from Guyer (TX) High. Farmer had recruited Goodacre when he was on the Tulsa coaching staff, and wanted to continue that relationship with the Orange.
“It was so good,” Goodacre said in an interview with The Juice Online. “It’s good having a previous relationship with the coach already being able to set up a visit for the summer.”
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Goodacre took a visit to Tulsa in 2022 on Father’s Day weekend to meet Farmer, and came away impressed with the offensive line coach.
“Any man spends his Father’s Day recruiting you is a great dude,” Goodacre said. “My first visit to Tulsa was on Father’s Day, and he went to church and he asked if I could come an hour later than originally planned so he could spend time with his family. Had a great visit, treated my family amazing. And it was all around great experience, great family man.”
Goodacre plans on taking a similar trip to Syracuse later this year.
While he’s still getting to know the school, he’s liked what he’s seen so far in social media.
“Even just from posting my offer, you have some great people in your fan base,” Goodacre said.
He will have his pick of schools, though he said at this point, he’s keeping “all options on the table.” Aside from the Orange, Goodacre has a long list of offers including Arizona State, Cal, Michigan State, Missouri and Nebraska.
When Goodacre visits, he’ll take a look at how the team fits in with the community around it.
“Community is a big part of my life,” Goodacre said. “I’m a firm believer in that it takes a village to raise a child. And I feel like as long as there’s a good community, a good coaching staff that’s willing to work with you, you can get anything done.”