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Mark Richt 7-on-7s: Day 2 standouts

6/10/2012

ATHENS, Ga. -- On the second and final day of the Mark Richt 7-on-7 camp, there were fewer teams on the University of Georgia intramural fields, but no shortage of talent. Several prospects emerged at the skill positions, as well as a couple of impressive performances in the lineman 1-on-1 competition held by defensive line coach Rodney Garner and offensive line coach Will Friend.

One prospect stood out above all, and the rising sophomore left with a rare early offer from the Bulldogs.

ATH Terry Godwin (Hoganville, Ga./Callaway) With three-quarters of the Georgia coaching staff watching, including head coach Mark Richt, Godwin put on a show in the semifinal matchup versus Leesburg, Fla. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound rising sophomore made several interceptions on defense, as well as scoring at will at wide receiver. Godwin started on both sides of the ball as a freshman for head coach Pete Wiggins, and he could project to either side at the next level. At one point Godwin made back to back touchdown catches, with an interception in between, causing Richt to look across the field at receivers coach Tony Ball and give two thumbs up while grinning ear to ear. Godwin earned an offer at the end of the tournament, and deservedly so. Coming off another impressive camp performance at Alabama, Godwin looks to be one of the top prospects in Georgia for the 2015 class.

NG/OG Maurice Swain (LaGrange, Ga./Troup) One day after testing the limit and ability of Antonio Riles (Lawrenceville, Ga./Archer), defensive line coach Rodney Garner and offensive line coach Will Friend did the same with Swain. The 6-5, 305-pound lineman could easily hold his own as a defensive lineman in the Bulldogs’ 3-4 defense, but he was primarily tested at offensive tackle versus the top pass rushers at the camp. He carries very little body weight for a big man, and his agility could him to excel at guard as well. Swain, who holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and USF at the moment, did not earn an offer while in Athens, but depending on where they stand with numbers this fall, he could get one with a qualifying test score.

DE/OLB Arden Key (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) Right now the 6-4, 200-pound pass-rusher is all frame, but Key has a good one for a rising sophomore. Coming off the edge versus Swain, Key was able to use his quickness off the ball to make it difficult for the big lineman to get his hands locked on. He is similar to where 2012 N.C. State signee Kenderius Whitehead was after his junior season, giving Key a chance to be even better than the former four-star prospect by the time he graduates. Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt are a few programs that have offered Key, but expect several more to come over the next three years.

ATH Evan Berry (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) Berry played both ways for Creekside, lining up at quarterback and safety. Against Josey he completed two 40-yard touchdown passes, only to surpass that total in the afternoon session. The 2014 athlete was all over the field on defense, demonstrating good instincts and closing speed that fans associate with the Berry name. Berry’s future is not at quarterback, especially with his unique release, but Creekside needed a quarterback and even with a sore shoulder the athletic Berry led his team to a number of wins Friday. Berry says Auburn, Alabama, LSU, UGA and Georgia Tech have offered, with the Bulldogs being the first to extend an early scholarship to the rising junior.

WR Ryeshene Bronson (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar) Because of his size at wide receiver, Bronson stood out early during pool play. The lanky wideout was able to go up and win the jump ball in the air, and the 6-3, 185-pound rising junior did a nice job of using his body to keep defenders from having a chance to make a play on the ball. Bronson is fast for a taller receiver, and could emerge as an elite prospect in the Sunshine State for the 2014 class. Three Southeastern Conference programs, Auburn, Florida and South Carolina have already offered Bronson, and it would not be surprising at all to see the Bulldogs become SEC offer No. 4.