UK Offers Six-Foot-Six Middle Schooler

07/18/2017 12:58 PM

Six-foot-six, 350 pound Kiyaunta Goodwin usually gets one response when he steps onto the football field.

“Usually shock, but like if you listen to me talk you can get I’m in the eighth grade. You can tell,” Goodwin said with a smile.

He’s thirteen years old, heading into eighth grade at Olmstead Academy North in the fall. For the most part, he’s your average kid.

“I like music. I’m a clarinet player. I like robotics, I want to be an engineer. I like social studies, science,” Goodwin explained.

What makes him different, besides his size, is that the left tackle already has his first division-one offer. UK offered him on Friday after he attended one of their camps this summer.

“It means a lot to me, you know, I’m thankful for it- being able to know that all my hard work, it is finally paying off. That there is schools that actually want me to play for them,” Goodwin told KSTV.

Being that he hasn’t even started eighth grade, the Kentucky staff was realistic with him.

“They told me that there is a couple more things I could work on, you know and that they wanted me to come to their school,” Goodwin said.

He’s far from making a college decision, but he said he likes Kentucky and is eager to really get out and see the campus.

“It was nice. I’m looking forward to going back and seeing what it looks like a little more. To see more of the coaches and meet the coaches, maybe even meet some of the players and ask them how they think about how the school is and how they think the teachers are,” Goodwin added. “That’s what I really am mostly worried about.”

Right now, Goodwin says football isn’t about gaining scholarships, for him, it’s just fun at this point.

“I’m able to go out the house and do a lot of stuff, you know. I’m not always in the house playing video games all day like most of the kids do at home,” he said.

He also added that he plays baseball. You can find him at first base or in the outfield and he hopes to be a two-sport athlete throughout high school.

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Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at


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