Godfrey Close to Committing

Less than 24 hours after landing their fifth verbal commitment, the Tar Heels came close to adding another name to their 2006 commitment list.

Dennis Godfrey, a 6-foot-2, 252-pound tight end from Sanford (N.C.) Lee Senior, was ready to close his recruitment on Wednesday – a day after receiving a UNC offer – but was told by his recruiting coordinator at UNC, coach Hal Hunter, to be patient and sure of his decision.

"He said to take my time and sit down with my family and just think about it more," said Godfrey.

At his first prospect camp, Godfrey impressed the East Carolina coaching staff enough to receive his first division I-A offer a few days later. Godfrey hoped to replay that theme this past weekend with the Tar Heels during their one-day camp.

He got off on the right foot by immediately grabbing the attention of the North Carolina coaching staff – especially head coach John Bunting.

"When we were going one-on-one against linebackers I made some incredible catches," said Godfrey. "John Bunting was out there and was talking to me, asking me if I'm looking forward to playing in that Carolina Blue. I talked a lot to the tight ends coach and offensive line coach afterwards, too."

The coaches' expressions and comments made Godfrey believe a UNC offer was in the near future.

The future came Tuesday.

"I was working out with my basketball team and my basketball coach told me to come down to the weight room," said Godfrey. "My offensive coordinator told me that Carolina had called his cell phone and wanted to offer me a scholarship."

Upon hearing the news, Godfrey said he immediately knew where he wanted to play collegiate ball.

"When I first heard it I felt like a little kid on Christmas," said Godfrey. "A chill went through my spine and everything. Playing for North Carolina has always been a dream. Now that I have that opportunity, I want to take advantage of it."

At this point, Godfrey is planning on a mid-to-late July commitment. ECU and UNC remain as his two official offers, but Florida State, NC State, and Wake Forest could be following suit.

Despite the possibility of new offers, Godfrey remains loyal to his dream of becoming a Tar Heel.

"I've always dreamed about living in Chapel Hill," said Godfrey. "I was born there, but I wasn't raised there. My parents moved to be closer to family. Growing up it has always been a dream of going to Chapel Hill. Just something about Carolina."

Godfrey will camp at Wake Forest in July and figures to include additional one-camps in his schedule before making his verbal commitment.

On his way to all-conference honors, Godfrey caught 12 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.


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