Godkin High On Pac-10, Oregon

One of the Silver State's finest, Las Vegas (NV) Palo Verde defensive end, Daniel Godkin, has his focus fixed on playing football in the Pac-10 in 2010. His passion and conviction for the game is not only evident on film, but similarly palpable when talking to him off the field.

Do you currently hold an offer from Oregon?

"No, I don't."

Have you had any contact with Oregon?

"Yes. I've gotten letters from them and that's pretty much it. I've filled out a few questionnaires and I'm sending out a highlight tape to them. I'll probably put it [out] probably Saturday."

What would you say your overall interest in Oregon is?

"Oh, it's real high. Oregon is a very good school, they play in the Pac-10, and I heard it's beautiful down there, and they always have those crazy uniforms. They'd just be a great school for me, I think. It's down in Eugene, and I'd love to actually talk to them on the phone. I haven't talked to them on the phone yet."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"Aggressive. 100 mph. I give 120%, I show a lot of emotion on the field. I'm a real emotional guy, so when I get out there my temper's flaring, I'm yellin', I'm screamin', people think I'm crazy. I come out there and I want to put fear in everybody's eyes. I feel like almost every game I leave, everybody knows who number 65 was and how I like to do it. I want to be the bully on the field."

Would you compare yourself to anyone at the collegiate or professional level?

"Tim Tebow. I'm very religious and I believe in God and that's the way he carries himself. I think he's amazing. The way he plays, all the emotion, the aggression, the way he runs. If I were to run the ball, that's exactly how I would run the ball. He's definitely who I think I could compare myself to."

What are you looking for in a program?

"The main thing would be academics and tradition. I want to have a really good relationship with the coaches, not just on a football standpoint, but on a spiritual standpoint. I want to be able to know that my coaches understand that I believe in God and that I'm going to take mission trips, like I'm doing this summer. I'm going to San Francisco. I want them to be able to understand where I'm coming from. So I kind of want them to be religious themselves, but if they're not, it's alright, but I just want to have some pretty understanding coaches. I just want to be able to have a really, really good relationship with my coaches."

What offers do you hold from other schools?

"Yeah I have four offers. One from UNLV, Nevada, Northern Arizona, and Southern Utah."

Do you have any favorites at this point?

"I've got a lot of attention from the Pac-10. I want to kind of stay in California, so I would probably say my top school would probably be UCLA, or right behind it would be Arizona State because I checked out their campus, I talked to Coach [Matt] Lubick a lot. He's came down to see me, I've come down to see the campus for the Junior Day, and I really like him as a coach and I love the campus. I want to stay in the Pac-10, I know how nice it is, and just the competition they hold and the TV exposure they get, it's just a really, really good conference. I like Big 12 too. So I'd have to say UCLA, ASU, and I've heard such great things about Oregon -- Oregon's probably up there at number three -- and Colorado because my best friend (Lilio Nobriaga) committed to Colorado and I'd love to play at the next level with him cause he's such a good teammate and good leader."

Have you been to any camps this spring or are you planning on going to any camps this summer?

"I went to the Nike camp at USC...I plan on going to Stanford's camp they have July 24 and the thing is, with the whole mission I'm going on, it kind of gets in the way of the camps, so I going to try to go to some in the middle of June. Colorado has a camp I know on the 15th, I know ASU has something going on...so I'm going to look in to a lot of stuff. I don't have anything planned except for the Stanford one July 24."

Have you been on any unofficial visits yet or are you planning on taking any unofficial visits?

"I think that Junior Day might be considered an unofficial visit at ASU...and I've been to UNLV, on an unofficial visit, and I plan on going on one to UCLA and checking their campus out."

Daniel Godkin profile


eDuck Top Stories