One of the biggest recruiting wins for Utah's 2014 recruiting class was the signing of Miramar, Florida safety Andre Godfrey. Godfrey had 15+ offers from around the country, including Wisconsin, Louisville & UCLA, but what ultimately sold Godfrey on Utah was his relationship with coaches Morgan Scalley and Dennis Erickson.
Since signing day, Godfrey has reportedly been "doing his homework" on the Utes, as he has rigorously studied the Utes' defensive playbook. The one biggest quality that separates Godfrey from other recruits is his intelligence, both on and off the field. When you combine that intelligence with the preperation he's done before even arriving in Utah, you can see why Godfrey is projected by many to see early playing time. Godfrey will line up in Utah's defense at the strong safety position, which is currently held down by 4 year starter Brian Blechen. Blechen can play both linebacker and safety, and that versatility will actually work in Godfrey's favor, as it will give him more opportunities to see the field. Last season, Michael Walker started all 12 games at strong safety, due to Blechen being injured, and performed better than most poeple anticipated. With Blechen finally healthy, and Godfrey arriving on campus in June, the strong safety spot should be even better than last season.
Prediction: Andre Godfrey will appear on the two-deep at strong safety at the beginning of Fall Camp, and will be the sole backup come week one of the season. Godfrey is a dynamic player that will pick up the defense faster than any other freshman, and also plays a position that isn't very deep. He won't be the starter, but he'll see significant playing time as the backup and on special teams.
Incoming Player Projections: Andre Godfrey
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