July 1, 2013

Godwin opening eyes


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It was last summer at the seven-on-seven at Georgia that Callaway defensive back Terry Godwin made a name for himself.

At 6-feet, 175 pounds, the 2015 prospect made several acrobatic catches and caught the eye of the Georgia coaching staff enough to earn an offer from the Bulldogs.

SEC programs like Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss and Auburn followed suit soon after, and Godwin's recruitment had officially taken off.

Earlier this summer, the rising junior made the trip with his teammates back to Athens for the seven-on-seven even, but this time thinks were a little different as the UGA staff is now heavily recruiting him.

In Godwin's case, different is a good thing.

"Georgia, the place, is great," Godwin said. "The coaching staff and everybody is like one big happy family. Everybody gets along down there and everything and I like that."

In the last year, Godwin says that he has been able to form a close bond with a number of Georgia coaches.

"I'm close with Coach (Tony) Ball, Coach (John) Lilly, Coach (Mike) Bobo, and Coach (Mark) Richt. I know them all personally and I feel like we are all close," he said. "They are great. They are always telling me what I need to work on and telling me when I need to focus and encouraging me on my grades. All of them are like a father figure to me."

The Peach State underclassmen star on both sides of the ball for Callaway at cornerback and wide receiver and he says that Georgia is recruiting him to play either or both positions at the next level.

"I think UGA is recruiting me as an athlete, but I talked to Coach Ball the other day and he told me it really comes down to what I want to play because I can play both sides of the ball," Godwin said. "It really doesn't matter. I have the talent to play defense and offense. I would like to do both to be honest. Hopefully I can play both."

Poised to be a top prospect in the state of Georgia for 2015, Godwin says a number of other schools are recruiting him heavily right now.

"Right now, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt are all recruiting me hard," he said. "Those are all schools that are in the mix for me."

So where does Georgia stand amongst those teams?

"Georgia is high on the list when it comes to those schools. Georgia is very high up there," Godwin said. "I would say everyone is the same because I have only visited Georgia, Alabama, and Auburn so far, so I have a lot more to see."

Godwin and his family haven't gotten around to making any definite plans for the summer at this point, but he says that he hopes to see Florida, Clemson, Ole Miss, and North Carolina before school starts back.

When it comes to making a decision, Godwin says that he plans to end his recruitment before the start of his senior season.

"I've thought about committing maybe during my junior year, but I know that before my senior year I'll have a decision and ready to lock it down," he said. "I'm looking for a great coaching staff. I want the players to be great and friendly. The main thing is academics. I want to see the student athlete grade point average and graduation rate and things like that."


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