"It wasn't that bad, but over time it got worse," he said.
Goodell said his first priority at Northern Illinois is to set a course academically. Then, on the football field, he hopes to impress the coaching staff with his work ethic. His goal is to contribute as soon as possible.
Goodell, who's been working out in the weight room this off-season with teammate and defensive end Craig Wilson, is the third Titan offensive lineman to earn a Division I scholarship in the past two years. In 2008, Rocco Khoury signed with Michigan and Darren Keyton with Central Michigan.
Wilson, meanwhile, has received an offer from Robert Morris. Wooer said Eastern Kentucky and Eastern Michigan are also "really interested."