New Army offer strikes chord with Godwin

Rowan Godwin had been contemplating a preferred walk-on offer from Auburn which he received over the summer. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound offensive lineman out of Providence Christian School in Dothan, Ala., said his latest offer from Army "came of of the blue" and now has him thinking seriously about West Point. Godwin spoke with ArmySports.com on what he thinks of the U.S. Military Academy.

"Yesterday, when Coach [Lamont] Seward called, the first thing he asked about was my recruiting situation," Godwin said. "I told him about the walk-on offer from Auburn. Then he said that he had some good news to share with me. He said they Army coaches wanted me to come play there.

"First, let me say that I'm extremely honored that a prestigious institution like Army. I've very blessed to have the offer and I give God all of the glory. I've done research [on West Point]. There are two people from my school who graduated from there. They're two teachers here at the high school who I'm close to. They've both had some pretty great things to say about it from talking to them. It's definitely something I've been thinking a lot about since receiving the offer and I'm leaning toward doing it. I think it would be something I'd love to do. Coach Seward was telling me more about the application process and what I need to do to begin that."

At his high school, Godwin plays pulling guard, defensive tackle, and long snapper. He said Army and the rest are focused in on him playing offensive tackle at the D-1 level.

"This summer I camped at Harvard, Troy, Auburn, and South Alabama," he said. "I'm still in touch with those schools and I've also been hearing from South Dakota State. The camps helped with my speed, definitely. I decreased my forty yard dash time. I'm also quicker in my lateral movement. In fact, I think they way I play, being a pulling guard, I'd be a great fit in Army's offense. Our offense [at Providence Christian School] is a double-wing and based off what Georgia Southern runs. When Coach Seward offered, he really liked both how well i can pull and my explosiveness off the ball, two things they really look for in their linemen.

"Finding a school with great academics is a must for me. I'd like to play for a stable coaching staff. Then I'll look at things like the athletic program and the facilities. Going away to somewhere like New York or South Dakota, way out of my area, is something that I'm definitely considering. As long as I go there and it feels right, I would have no reservations about going that far away from home for college."

Providence Christian School competes in Alabama's 2A classification. They play host to Samson out of Geneva County this weekend.

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