Michigan D-Lineman Likes Duke

Duke hasn't traditionally recruited the state of Michigan for the gridiron. However, occasionally, a talented prospect pops up on the radar and the Blue Devil coaching staff makes a move. That's what's happened in the class of 2012.

"I have offers from Michigan State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Duke, and Buffalo," said Detroit (Mich.) Catholic Central standout Matt Godin. "I'm being recruited all over the country and I know what I'm looking for."

So what is the 6-foot-5, 270 pound defensive lineman searching for?

"Definitely want great academics and to feel comfortable with the players already in the program. I definitely want to visit the schools who have offered and I'd also like to get up to Wisconsin and Michigan."

Given his size, and scouting report, Godin is being recruited as defensive end by programs who employ a 3-4 scheme and a defensive tackle for those who line up in a 4-3. As a junior he earned All-Catholic League honors as a junior after recording 66 tackles, 28 for loss, two sacks and one batted pass.

So what do coaches notice when watching the latest highlight tape(s)?

"My strength is my speed off the ball and the way I use my hands. My ability to react quickly is also strong. I know I need to work more on my technique, but when the coaches are watching I feel like they notice my hands."

Which is why the Blue Devils have jumped in with an early offer.

"I went out there and visited right after the season. That's when the offer came. I have a really good relationship with Coach Cutcliffe and I love where the program is going. The entire coaching staff is great."

"The coaches are talking a lot about the education and how they think I'd fit in with everyone. That'd I'd feel at home at Duke. I can see it."

Godin has received an early three star rating in the class of 2012 according to Scout.com.


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