Nate Godwin, a local prospect from Freedom HS, participated at the USF team padded camp last week and was one of the prospects that stood out and caught the staff's attention.
"The camp went great! I showed them everything they wanted to see. Good ball skills, speed, good change of direction," said Godwin. "I felt I did great and so did the coaches."
The local stand out did well enough that the staff extended him an offer.
"Yes sir USF offered me today," said Godwin. "It feels real good and I'm very excited about it. They're the home town team and everybody knows about USF. I really like them, so I'm excited about getting it."
"The DB Coach Smith said he's really excited about me," said Godwin. "After I worked out for them and they saw my film, he just was really excited to have me as a safety on their team."
The offer came today, but Godwin said it's been in the works for a bit.
"They said they liked me and would have offered me yesterday, but they just needed to see my transcripts to make sure they were up to par," said Godwin. "So I had to fax it over and everything was good to go."
Godwin, who plays in the shadow of the USF campus, said its offer he's been wanting, and has no ill feelings about just getting it.
"No, I know how recruiting works," said Godwin. "Once you understand the process, you understand that some offers come later than others, so I'm good with that."
The 6-foot, 188 pound prospect is being recruited at both corner and safety and was offered by the USF staff as a safety, and knows what makes him a good player.
"I can play either position," said Godwin. "I have good speed (4.4), size, physicality, good change of direction, and can play either corner or safety."
With his newest offer from South Florida, Godwin is up to 14 offers, including ones from West Virginia, Iowa State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Ball State, FIU, UAB, WKU. Even though he has ruled out anyone, he does have a few schools sticking out.
"I haven't made a short list, but schools that are sticking out to me are USF, West Virginia, Iowa State, Arkansas State," said Godwin. "I haven't cut anybody out, but those are standing out right now."
The Freedom standout talks about what stands out to him about the Bulls.
"I really like USF, they're the home town team and have everything you need to be successful," said Godwin. "There's a lot to like about them."
"They're a big school and I always wanted to play at a big program and a winning school," said Godwin. "They're a good school, everybody knows about them and they play in a good conference. They're an up-and-coming program, have a great coaching staff, and are televised a lot."
Godwin, who has aspirations of playing in the NFL, is well aware of the former Bull defensive backs in the NFL.
The local prospect also knows about other former standouts that are playing at USF.
"I know of Andre Davis, Ruben Gonzalez, Lindsey Lamar, and Terrence Mitchell," said Godwin. "I talk with Andre and he says that it's a real good school to go to. He came in and did well his first year as a true freshman."
"That's the big thing about USF, they're the home town team" said Godwin. "A lot of people are going to know about you, including all your teammates, and all the people around Tampa that know about you. You're going to be more of a celebrity than if you went out of state."
Godwin plans on being busy this summer with camps and hopefully visits.
"Yeah I got the Team Tampa 7on7 next weekend, then the BCP and the next USF Sling n Shoot," said Godwin. "The last week of July I'll take some unofficial visits to places like West Virginia and other schools up north."
With many months until signing day Godwin says he has a process for how and when he'll make his choice, and what he's looking for in a program.
"I'm going to try and narrow down my list of schools by the time the season starts. Then
I'll take my officials to those sticking out, and then I'll make my decision," said Godwin. "I'm looking for a great coaching staff, great fan base and environment, and a winning program."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on Nate Godwin's recruitment