The future of High School: Marquise Goodwin

Rowlett (Rowlett, Texas) senior Marquise Goodwin is the nation's No. 1 boys' track recruit in the ESPNU DyeStat player rankings. He earned two gold medals (in the long jump and 4x100 relay) at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland last summer. Goodwin will compete in track and football at Texas.

ESPN RISE: What would be the dream scenario for your future?

Goodwin: To succeed, nothing less than that. I want to be successful in anything I decided to do.

ESPN RISE: Realistically, where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

Goodwin: I honestly see myself being a professional track athlete. I'm going to college next year and I'll probably graduate in four to five years. It's either join the workforce or become a professional athlete, and I'd rather be a pro athlete.

ESPN RISE: If for some reason your sport doesn't pan out, what do you want to do with your future?

Goodwin: Obviously, I'm going to graduate college. So if sports don't work out, I'll have something to fall back on. I always wanted to do something in architecture, but recently I've wanted to do something in kinesiology. My kinesiologist is really cool and offers me advice. He still gets to deal with sports and do something he likes.

ESPN RISE: Put yourself in charge of the high school sports world. What do you think needs to change the most?

Goodwin: I think people should start testing for steroids and drug use in general because a lot of that goes on in the (high school) sports world. When we were trying out for the USA team, if you were going on the trip to Poland you had to take a drug test. If you have to cheat to win, it doesn't mean as much as if you did it on natural abilities and hard work.

ESPN RISE: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing high school sports?

Goodwin: The number of really good athletes is decreasing. People don't want to work as hard anymore and they complain. In the future, there probably won't be as many good athletes because they won't work as hard. The world is getting lazy.

ESPN RISE: How do you think high school sports will be different for the next generation of stars?

Goodwin: When you're a freshman, you think you have four years to develop. But you really have to start working early because people start recruiting sophomore year. If you try to wait until your senior year, it's almost too late.

ESPN RISE: In what ways do you think these tough economic times will impact the future of high school sports?

Goodwin: There might be less camps attended because of the money shortage. Besides that, I don't think sports will be affected that much because of the economy.

ESPN RISE: What is one change you'd like to see made to recruiting?

Goodwin: That they don't just go by size. It's like, you can train speed but you can't train heart. Just because you have a 6-foot-6 defensive end, it doesn't mean he's any different than the 6-foot-2 defensive end. It's just a size difference. It doesn't mean he has more heart.

ESPN RISE: How will technology impact high school sports and recruiting?

Goodwin: I think technology will have an impact. We already have a lot of technology now — there's no telling what we'll have in the future. They might even make machines where it will make it so you never have to practice. You never know.

ESPN RISE: What's going to become the biggest trend in high school sports during the next decade?

Goodwin: Speed. Coaches like speed, people look at size. Next, it's going to be speed and size.

ESPN RISE: Is there any lesson you learned during high school that will help you in your future?

Goodwin: Hard work pays off. I learned that from growing up. If you work hard to achieve a certain goal and then you finally achieve that goal, it will feel a heck of a lot better if you get there by working hard than having it handed to you.