2008 Focus: Baird Godley

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Northwest Guilford defensive end Baird Godley posted strong numbers as a junior, and he discussed his recruitment with Pack Pride.

Godley's season was a special one for him, but he isn't surprised that colleges want to continue monitoring his progress before extending scholarship offers.

"I just transferred to Northwest, and we're normally not real good," Baird Godley told Pack Pride. "We haven't had good teams in the past, and I think that may have played a role in my recruitment."

Despite facing double-teams, Godley was stellar as a junior. He tallied 89 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, nine sacks, and seven pass breakups, causing his recruitment to pick up in recent weeks.

"I've been busy with it," he said. "Actually, I've talked to Duke, and I've been talking with coach Rumph from Clemson. I've been to Wake Forest for a couple of unofficial visits. I'm going to South Carolina's spring game, and I'm going to try to go down to Georgia."

Godley hopes that a strong effort this spring will land ACC scholarship offers, although a couple could be on the way.

"I don't have any offers, but I know Duke is close to offering," he said. "They have a recruiting meeting coming up, and I think they are going to soon. I know Wake Forest is real interested in me. Clemson wants me to come down to their campus so they can see me in person."

Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Godley continues to work on his speed and strength. He knows how important the upcoming combines will be for his recruitment.

"I've been getting ready for all the combines," he said. "I think I'm going to one down at Charlotte and one of the Shrine Bowl Combines. I ran a 4.76 a couple of weeks ago. Last summer I ran a 4.81 at Clemson, and I ran a 4.83 at NC State... I went to their camp too."

Three programs stick out at the moment.

"I would say State, Wake Forest, and Clemson," said Godley. "I like those three a lot."

Godley is seriously considering NC State. He was being recruited by Curt Cignetti, and Mike Reed will likely take over his recruitment.

"I grew up a State fan," said Godley. "I haven't really talked with them too much though. I was real close with coach Cignetti before he left. My coach talked with the new staff last week, and they said they were going to come by and start recruiting me."

Would Godley commit if NC State offered a scholarship?

"I definitely would," he said. "My dad has season tickets at State, he's a big fan. We're all big fans. I'm definitely hoping they offer me a scholarship."

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