As rumors swirled Monday that Notre Dame could land one of the top quarterback recruits in the nation, one roster spot for the 2012 season appeared to be filled.
Receiver John Goodman, a former Bishop Dwenger standout, was granted a fifth year of eligibility, according to his high school coach, Chris Svarczkopf.
The Saints coach said he was informed Monday by Goodman in a text message that the 6-foot-3, 207-pounder was told that he would be a member of the team next season. Notre Dame resumes classes today.
"He was in the office last week, we talked about it for quite a while with Chuck Martin being the new offensive coordinator, he felt very positive with his relationship with him," Svarczkopf said.
Goodman's likely return means he could be catching passes from Gunner Kiel, who had de-committed from Indiana and orally committed to LSU in December.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback from Columbus didn't attend an early enrollee meeting at LSU on Monday, according to Tiger Sports Digest. LSU resumes classes today.
Kiel is the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the Class of 2012, according to Rivals.com.
Irish Illustrated, citing a source, reported that Kiel is expected to enroll at Notre Dame this week. But Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell reported sources telling him that Kiel could remain at LSU or choose to attend Notre Dame.
Notre Dame can confirm who enrolled early today.
If Kiel does decide to join the Irish, he would compete for the quarterback job with sophomores Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix and freshman Everett Golson.
However the quarterback situation plays out, Goodman could become a target after a quiet first three seasons with the Irish for the receiver.
Goodman, who did not play as a freshman, had seven receptions for 65 yards last season. He has 28 receptions for 315 yards with one touchdown in three years at Notre Dame.
Goodman has also been used on punt returns, gaining 78 yards on 26 returns, and the former high school quarterback has thrown one pass for 32 yards and gained 16 yards on three carries in three seasons.
Goodman could produce a memorable final year the way running back Jonas Gray did last season.
Gray entered his final year with 309 rushing yards and no touchdown, but he ran for 791 yards with 12 touchdowns last season.
"That's his hope," Svarczkopf said. "He's a worker and a positive guy. He's going to give it all he's got. I know that."