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2014 WR Godwin reflects on PSU visit

10/29/2012

2014 wideout Chris Godwin (Middletown, Del./Middletown) awoke Sunday with thoughts of Happy Valley still racing through his mind.

The ESPN Watch List prospect said he was "blown away" by Saturday's atmosphere of 107,818 screaming fans. He snapped numerous photos from his cell phone and shared them Sunday afternoon with friends.

He tried to push the experience to the back of his mind later Sunday so he could focus on Middletown's postseason. But he said it would take quite some time to forget his first impression of Penn State.

"Honestly, the only word that really comes to mind is 'crazy,' " he said. "It was kind of overwhelming because everyone's so excited and so in love with Penn State there. They really love their team, and it's a great fan base."

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound receiver holds six offers -- including one from the Nittany Lions -- and he's currently generating interest from a majority of the top BCS schools, including Big Ten powerhouses such as Ohio State and Michigan.

Godwin has already visited West Virginia and UConn -- but he said he was especially surprised Saturday.

"I knew that Penn State always sells out and has like 107,000 fans every game," he said, "but you never really know what that's like until you experience it. Honestly, I just think my favorite part was just the atmosphere in general. Just the electricity."

Penn State's interest in Godwin has been around longer than Bill O'Brien. The Lions first pursued Godwin as a sophomore, but the dimple-chinned coach remained impressed with his mixture of size, speed and hands.

An assistant visited Godwin's school a few weeks ago and extended an invitation for him to attend Saturday's game. When Godwin called last Wednesday to cement his plans, Penn State turned around and offered him a scholarship.

He wasn't sure how to reply; the offer caught him off-guard. When he excitedly told some friends, the same crew that expressed surprise at those Saturday photos seemed more indifferent than Godwin expected.

"My friends thought the photos were real cool, but they were just like, 'OK,' when I got the offer," Godwin said with a laugh. "I guess they sort of expected it."

Godwin said he doesn't plan on focusing on the "small details" of colleges until the end of this season. He plans to keep an open mind for quite awhile -- but he didn't hesitate when asked if he could see himself pulling a Penn State jersey over his shoulder pads.

"Yeah," he said. "I could definitely see myself there. They have a great school and a great team and a great history. It's a good place."