And while neither was the biggest eye-catcher for Middletown High (Del.) wideout Chris Godwin on his recent trip to Penn State, he did enjoy both. There was just another aspect of Saturday's unofficial visit that weighed more on the junior's mind as he headed south back to Delaware.
It went really well, actually. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it definitely exceeded my expectations, Godwin said. The main thing was how sincere the coaches were. The coaches bond with the players and are sincere about what they do and how concerned about the kids they are. They have a great attitude.
Godwin visited Penn State in October for its Big Ten battle with Ohio State, so he's seen Penn State previously. That experience made Saturday's visit more of a next step in his recruiting process. He already has 14 scholarship offers, including one from the Nittany Lions.
They seem really interested in me; real serious, Godwin said. I liked that they are realistic about what exactly they want out of a player and are very straight forward. The stadium was great, too. Everybody knows it sits like 109,000 people, so it's a huge stadium. The Lasch Building is top notch. It's one of the best football buildings I've seen.
He was pleased with the time he spent with his possible position coach at PSU, Stan Hixon, as well as head coach Bill O'Brien.
Coach Hixon seemed like a real cool guy. He doesn't seem like a guy that is going to yell too much, and he knows what he's talking about to develop receivers, the junior said. And Coach O'Brien seemed like a really great guy. He knows what he's talking about and has a great background. He's smart, and knows exactly what he wants.
The FOX Sports NEXT four-star prospect scored a pair of touchdowns in Middletown's 27-0 DIAA Division-I state championship victory over Salesianum this past fall, and finished his junior campaign with 42 catches for 900 yards and 12 touchdowns in a 12-0 season. He's already been active this winter, clocking a 4.48 40-yard dash and a 4.31 short shuttle at the Under Armour National Combine in January.
I really like that I can make plays on the field, he said. My leadership ability is something I like, too. I like to help myself and my teammates, and not focus on myself. I'm not a selfish player [nor] the type of guy that gets upset when I don't get as many catches as another guy.
Claiming no favorites at this point, Godwin is unsure of where he'll visit next. He considers himself wide open at this point in the recruiting cycle, something he doesn't see changing in the near future.
Probably the most important things would be the academics of the school, Godwin said of what he looks for in a program. Also, the receivers coach, and building a relationship with him, since he'll be my coach over the next few years. I want to go somewhere I can feel comfortable at school without football and feel at home, too.