Last month, Marjory Stoneman Douglas quarterback Tyler Goodman was in the middle of a meeting with both an assistant coach and administrator for D-III Nichols College, when a gunman entered his high school and shot it up, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others.
Goodman had not previously given serious consideration to attending the Massachusetts-based school, but just over a week after the shooting he announced via his Twitter that he had committed to play there:
Goodman revealed to Boston's WFXT-TV that as the shooting went on he hid in a room with Nichols College dean of admissions Paul Brower and assistant football coach St. Clair Ryan. Goodman says that the two "went into father mode and protected us," also adding that "Being stuck with two recruiting coaches for three hours in such a tragic moment, we kind of formed that bond ... We formed something special there."
Goodman said that he hopes to wear the No. 17 once he joins Nichols' team in an effort to pay tribute to the 17 victims of the shooting, which included the school's AD Chris Hixon, as well as assistant football coach Aaron Feis.