Posted: 1:11 pm Saturday, January 18th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
UGA caught one of the state’s biggest fish on Saturday.
Terry Godwin, who is ranked as the state’s No. 3 overall prospect for 2015 and could push for the top spot, committed to UGA over Auburn.
“UGA has been there since Day One,” Godwin told the AJC. “Coach Richt and (assistant John) Lilly have been like father figures to me, and they’ve helped me become a better person. It just felt right to go there.”
The 5-star prospect is a two-way standout at Callaway High School. He will play wide receiver at UGA, but will also get a look at defensive back and special teams as a returner.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior said he decided to commit to UGA after seeing Lilly at his basketball game on Friday night. He called Richt to give him the news on Saturday morning.
“When I told Coach Richt, the phone got silent,” Godwin said. “Then I heard a big hooray and a lot of screaming. He was so glad that I had committed. He was just happy, and it brings a lot of responsibility that I’m a Bulldog.”
Godwin said UGA edged out Auburn in a close recruiting battle. “It was down to those two schools. As parents looked deep into it, we decided on Georgia. They’ve been there for me since the beginning.”
Why did Godwin commit so early? He could’ve played this out over the next year and committed to national TV.
“I went ahead and committed because now I can focus on me, my schoolwork and helping my high school football team do what we need to do,” he said. “It relieves a lot of pressure off my shoulders. It feels great.”
Godwin is UGA’s third commit for 2015, joining Griffin wide receiver Christian Owens and defensive back Rico McGraw of Nashville.
McGraw, who is rated as the No. 2 junior out of Tennessee, committed to UGA on Thursday, one day after being offered by new Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. However, McGraw did point out to reporters that it was more than Pruitt’s hiring, that he had been waiting for a UGA offer for a “long time.”
Godwin said he hadn’t met or talked to Pruitt yet, but that his relationship with Lilly and Richt played a big factor in his UGA decision.
There are only two juniors in Georgia ranked higher than Godwin, North Gwinnett High School offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt (Clemson is heavy frontrunner due to family connections) and Westover High School defensive tackle Trent Thompson (UGA is rumored to be the leader). Godwin has a good chance at leaping both Hyatt and Thompson in the rankings after his dominating performance in last month’s Rising Seniors junior all-star game.
One of the state’s top juniors made an unofficial visit to UGA this weekend
— Michael Carvell (@Carvell_AJC) January 19, 2014
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