Godkin Favoring Pac-10 School

Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde defensive end Daniel Godkin is hoping to play in the Pac-10 and he's got one specific school from the conference who's his leader...

Las Vegas (Nev.) Palo Verde defensive end Daniel Godkin (6-4, 220), is seeing more and more schools come by the Palo Verde campus, and the owner of four offers is hopeful that number will increase.

"BYU came in and I talked to (Coach) Paul Tidwell on the phone later for about 20 minutes, and it sounds like they want to take a little more time evaluating my film, but they might offer soon and I hope so. Wyoming, they sounded ecstatic. They sound like as soon as they evaluate my tape they'd offer. Colorado also came by. The one who recruited Lilio Nobriaga (his Colorado bound teammate), Coach (Brian) Cabral, came in. I'm good friends with Liloa," said Godkin. "Notre Dame has stopped by too."

And some Pac-10 schools are planning to come by, or have stopped by already.

"I haven't seen Oregon, but I'm expecting them to come by, and a lot of schools said they'd be flying in the last few weeks," said Godkin. "UCLA is showing a lot of interest, Oregon State, Arizona State still shows a lot of interest. Cal stopped by too. Cal, UCLA, Oregon State and Arizona all seemed really interested. Stanford stopped by too, and they told me about a camp on July 24th and I'm definitely going to that."

Godkin made no bones about his desire to land an offer from a Pac-10 program.

"I love the Pac-10 so hopefully I'll get that Pac-10 offer," said Godkin. "I think more offers will come during the season. Of course, I want more offers to come now, but now that Nevada offered, there is a strong possibility I could get more offers."

Godkin's favorite list is heavy with the Pac-10.

"UCLA and Arizona State I like a lot," said Godkin. "I love USC too. They have the best of the best every year, but I want to come in and play as a freshman and I'm not sure I could there. Right now, I'd say that UCLA is my top school with Arizona State right behind them. I think I'm probably going to wait it out and see what the best offer comes."

For now, Godkin is chewing on which camps he'll be attending during the summer.

"I'm looking into the Colorado camp, I'd like to check that out, then Arizona State and then possibly UCLA and USC, between June 21st-25th .

Godkin is doing his due diligence on the school he selects, and he said he's got some expectations for what he's looking for in his ultimate choice.

"Definitely academics, I really want to find a school that is strong in academics," said Godkin. "I want to major in sports medicine so it has to have good academics. And I'd like a school with a good tradition. I want a good program with good coaches, where they care about me not only as a football player, but care about me as a person. A place I can have a good relationship with all the coaches."

Academically, Godkin has a 3.7 GPA and is going to retake the SAT next month.

This past year, he had 90 tackles, six sacks, recovered five fumbles and blocked two punts for Palo Verde. He earned Second Team All-State honors and First Team All-Region selection as both a defensive end and offensive tackle, despite missing two games following hand surgery.


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