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
“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.
Georgia five-star loves L.A.
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