Friday, May 3, 2013
5 Questions: Four-star WR Chris Godwin
By Josh Moyer
Every week, NittanyNation will pose five questions to a recruit, player, alum or coach about all things Penn State.
This week's subject is 2014 PSU commit Chris Godwin, a four-star wideout out of Middletown (Del.) High School. Godwin committed a little more than a week ago and became the third wideout of the Nittany Lions' class.
NittanyNation: How do you feel about having two other wideouts in this class right now? Is that a concern, or is it that good for you?
Chris Godwin: It doesn't concern me at all. Competition is always good because it brings out the best in you. And I'm really excited about it, actually. I feel like we can go in there and compete and make for a good group and have a few really good seasons.
I talked to De'Andre [Thompkins] a little bit, and he seems like a really good guy. We got a feel for each other, and we kind of decided we're going to go to the same game this year. I'm looking forward to playing with him.
NN: Did Thompkins have a role at all in your commitment? By that, I mean, you committed a few days after he did. Were you afraid you'd lose your spot if you didn't act?
CW: Nah, it wasn't really pressure. I think it was more like I realized where I wanted to be. I realized it was a good situation for me as a football player and as a student. For starters, I was really comfortable there from the head coach all the way down to the strength coach. And it's a great academic school, and the offense they run is suitable for a receiver like me.
NN: You visited for the spring game, but you didn't commit then. What happened or changed then that led you to commit?
CW: Well, they were always near the top of my list but as I thought about it more, they just gradually moved all the way up.
I think the main thing that happened is that I compared all my visits to Penn State, and I felt like that's where I would get the most out of my time there -- as far as getting me to the next level. I really felt comfortable there, and I'm looking forward to working with Coach [Stan] Hixon and Coach [Bill] O'Brien because they're great coaches.
NN: Sophomore QB Steven Bench is transferring from the program, which leaves the team with just two scholarship quarterbacks right now, but they're both quality guys. What's your take on the quarterback situation?
CW: I'm excited about it. With [Christian] Hackenberg coming in and with Tyler Ferguson already there, they're doing really well. I've seen Ferguson play, and I'm excited about what he brings to the table.
I saw Ferguson play in the spring game and at practice, and I was impressed by his arm strength -- and he has good touch. And I talked to Hackenberg, so I know him slightly. He seems like a really intelligent guy, and I've watched his film, too. He can definitely sling the ball around.
NN: What do you feel like is your strength as a player? Why do you think you were so high up on PSU's big board?
CW: I think the main thing is just my ability to make plays. When the ball's in the air, I'm going to attack and use size to my advantage. I think it's more of a mind-set; I'm not one who likes to lose. I hate losing more than I like to win. So that's the competitor inside of me that I bring.