Godwin "felt different" about Army

Rowan Godwin, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound offensive guard from Providence Christian School (Dothan, Ala.), has committed to Army prior to taking an official visit to the school this past weekend, he told ArmySports.com, Monday evening.

Godwin said he gave serious thought to offers from Columbia, Jacksonville State, South Dakota State, West Florida, and two preferred walk-on invitations from Auburn and Troy, but in the end, the Black Knights won out.

"Army was actually my very first offer" said Godwin. "I was super-pumped when I received it last October. I ended up with some other offers and other opportunities but I felt very differently about West Point than I did any place else. Army struck a chord with me right away.

"Academics were a top priority in making my decision. Getting to play football at the top D-1 level has always been a massive dream of mine. The (Army) coaches are phenomenal people. They're great Christian men who I can really relate to. I've gotten to know them well during the recruiting process and I'm glad to be able to call them family now.

"I used to talk to my dad about what it would be like to attend West Point when I was just 10-years-old. I find it ironic that, after all this time, I'm still talking to him about West Point and making plans to go there next summer. It's like it was meant to be and we're all so excited about it."

While on campus this past weekend in New York, Godwin has a letter arrive at his home in Alabama which was waiting for him when he got back. It said that he was accepted directly in to West Point for the Class of 2019.

"I think it will be a challenge, for sure," Godwin said. "I understand a key to success will be managing my time well. I'm going up there to work hard in the classroom and on the football field.

"On my official visit, I spend a lot of time with the offensive lineman. My player-host was Colby Enegren. They're a great group of guys who I can't wait to play with.

"Coach (Brent) Davis is someone who I feel is going to challenge me and get the best out of me. I think all of the coaches are phenomenal. During the visit, I spent a lot of one-on-one time with Coach (Bob) Bodine. He's who picked us up at the airport. I feel like they're the right coaches for me.

At Providence Christian School, Godwin was a four-year Letterman in football and a three-year starter on the offensive line. As a senior he served as team captain. His recruiting really took off mid-way through his senior season when Army and others decided to extend offers. With the commitment made, Godwin can now relax and wait for National Signing Day on February 4th.

"I really loved the recruiting process," said Godwin. "Going on official visits and meeting great players and coaches was a lot of fun. It does have a ton of stress involved with it too. It's a big relief knowing what kind of school and what kind of program I'll be joining at Army. God has truly blessed me."

Godwin called Army coach Lamont Seward, his primary recruiter, on Thursday, January 22nd, to make his verbal commitment, the day before he flew in for his official visit.

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