Godley Close to First Offer?

Defensive end Baird Godley impressed coaches at his most recent camp appearance and he might be close to receiving that coveted first offer.

Defensive end Baird Godley impressed coaches at his most recent camp appearance and he might be close to receiving that coveted first offer.

Godley, 6-1 and 215 pounds, participated in a camp at East Carolina this past weekend and the Pirate coaches liked what they saw. So much, in fact, that ECU might extend a scholarship soon.

"I had a great time at East Carolina," said Godley, a Class of 2008 prospect from Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC. "I got a chance to get up with Coach Smith, who has been recruiting me. I also talked to Coach Hargreaves, who just got there a little while ago. He said he had only been on the job a couple of days and hadn't seen my film yet, but he was really impressed. He told me that there's a good chance they'll offer me at the beginning of July.

"I talked to Coach Holtz too and he was real cool. They said they might want to wait on a couple of skill position players before they offer another defensive end, but I got the impression there's a good chance they will. I'd be really excited if that happened. The facilities are great. They were talking about enclosing the stadium. It would be great to go to school a couple of hours from home and play for a program on the rise."

Last year at Northwest Guilford, Godley recorded 90 tackles, 8.5 sacks and seven pass breakups. While the Pirates appear to be the closest to offering, other schools are still in the mix.

"I'm getting a lot of attention from NC State and I'll be going up there July 26 for a one day camp. I've been to a one day camp at UNC and Coach Pagano has kept up with me pretty well. They've told me they're going to wait and see on a couple of others players. I went to a Marshall camp and they seem really interested."

North Carolina is recruiting Godley as a tight end, while everyone else (including East Carolina) is recruiting him as a defensive end. He did not play tight end last season, but plans on being used as an H-Back this year.

"I'd say the biggest factors for me are going to be the facilities, the coaching staff and probably playing time. If ECU offers me then there's a chance I'll just take another visit and think about committing, but I might want to just wait a little while and see what everyone is going to do."


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