More than a dozen high schools were on the intramural fields at the University of Georgia two weeks ago, with several rising junior and senior BCS-caliber prospects competing in 7-on-7s and linemen competition in hopes of earning an offer from the Bulldogs. In the end, a rising sophomore impressed the coaching staff enough to garner a scholarship offer to play for Georgia.
Terry Godwin (Hoganville, Ga./Callaway) started on both sides of the ball as a freshman last year for head coach Pete Wiggins, and the 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete made 46 tackles and three interceptions at cornerback, and 10 catches for 119 yards and four touchdowns at receiver. After impressing the Alabama coaches a week earlier with his footwork and versatility, Godwin put on a show in Athens, making double-digit touchdown catches and interceptions. UGA receivers coach Tony Ball made sure to call over several coaches early in the day to watch, including head coach Mark Richt.
“It was great to know UGA took the time to watch an upcoming sophomore amongst juniors and seniors,” Godwin said. “I felt I performed OK, although I could have run better routes.”
After Callaway lost in the 7-on-7 championship game to Dorman, S.C., Richt approached Godwin to give the class of 2015 athlete some news.
“Coach Richt came up to me and told me that I had performed well all day long, and he liked the way I caught the ball,” Godwin said. “He said they were going to offer me.”
Godwin admitted the conversation with the head coach was a bit overwhelming.
“It was really unbelievable to get the news, especially given the fact that I was an upcoming sophomore,” Godwin said. “My family was going crazy and everyone was excited, especially my mom and dad.”
Godwin says Georgia offered him as an athlete, which is fine by him because he enjoys playing on both sides of the ball.
“On defense I like to hit, and on offense I like to make plays that no one feels I should make,” Godwin said.
With more than two years to go until Godwin can sign a letter of intent, expect his recruitment to explode. For the time being, the in-state program has positioned itself well with the budding sophomore standout, who was back last Saturday in Athens for the Mark Richt Camp.
“I grew up liking Georgia, and I am leaning toward going there right now,” Godwin said. “On Saturday, Coach Richt was asking where my mom was after the camp. I really got to know Coach Ball more and I got to talk to a lot of the coaches one on one. Georgia is on top even more right now because they treated me and my family so great. They made me feel at home.”