Georgia five-star loves L.A.

Hogansville (Ga.) five-star cornerback Terry Godwin is rated the No. 4 player in the country at his position. However, Godwin has his eye on also playing offense in college like USC freshman Adoree Jackson.

Five-star Hogansville (Ga.) cornerback Terry Godwin had never been out west to Los Angeles, so he took advantage of the opportunity for a trip to the West Coast media capital. Godwin traveled to USC the weekend of Dec.5 for one of his five official recruiting visits.

“Ah man, I loved it,” Godwin said. “The coaches were great. They were real down to earth and just it’s LA, who wouldn’t love it?”

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete has aspirations (and the ability) to come in and play right away, so the Trojans set him up with a pair of freshmen that have done exactly that this season under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian — Adoree’ Jackson and Juju Smith. Godwin said he had a good time with both first-year studs, but especially Jackson.

“Me and Adoree’ really got along because he plays both sides there and that’s what I want to do in college,” Godwin said.

Godwin started the year playing both receiver and cornerback for the Callaway Cavaliers this season, but moved to quarterback midway through the season. Much like Jackson, at the next level, Godwin is projected to be a cornerback first and foremost, with some time at receiver also being a possibility.

Along with spending time with the current players, the visiting recruits were taken around to a couple of top Los Angeles spots.

“Just being in L.A. - it was great,” Godwin said when asked about his favorite part of the visit. “It was a lot of great things. You just can’t just pick one thing out of a trip that big.”

A week later, Godwin took his official visit to the University of Georgia, where he previously committed in January. Making a side-by-side comparison of his trip to USC and UGA wasn’t possible for Godwin.

“They’re both D-I schools, but you can’t compare those because they’re on a different side of the world.”

He also said what stood out on his trip to Athens was the family environment head coach Mark Richt and the coaching staff foster both with the coaches’ families and the players’ families.

That’s an important factor considering that Terry’s older sister, Terryuana Godwin, is on the Georgia women’s basketball team. A 5-foot-4 point guard, Terryuana received and accepted a scholarship to Georgia this summer despite averaging just 4.5 points and 1.3 assists per game at Butler Community College last year. She has played 11 minutes total in the undefeated Lady Bulldogs’ first 10 games.

While Godwin said he loved Los Angeles, he didn’t back away from his commitment to the Bulldogs. When asked if he remained solid with Georgia or if the trip to USC gave him anything to think about going forward, Godwin said, “I mean I’m still committed to Georgia and I’m still open to going and visiting schools.”

Godwin will play in the Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg (Fla.) on Jan. 2. It will be his first game since the beginning of November after he missed Callaway’s two playoff games with an ankle injury. He then has three official visits scheduled before National Signing Day. All three are to SEC West powers: Auburn, Alabama and Texas A&M.


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