Posted: 2:53 am Monday, June 16th, 2014

Sister of 5-star commits to UGA 

By Michael Carvell

The older sister of a 5-star football recruit has committed to UGA on a basketball scholarship.

Terry Godwin is the 5-star athlete from Callaway High School who committed early to UGA but has continued to visit other colleges, including multiple trips to Auburn and Alabama in the last few months.

Last Friday, Godwin visited UGA for a football camp, and he was accompanied by his older sister, Terryuana Godwin. She played basketball last season at Butler junior college.

UGA 5-star commit Terry Godwin brought his sister to football camp last Friday (247sports)

UGA 5-star commit Terry Godwin brought his sister to football camp last Friday (247sports)

Terryuana met with UGA’s basketball coaches while her brother was at camp, got offered a last-minute scholarship by the Bulldogs, and committed on the spot.

“No, it didn’t take long for me to commit — it was a dream come true,” Terryuana said. “Georgia was the offer I always wanted.”

UGA was the first major-college offer for the 5-foot-6 point guard, although she has started to generate serious interest from Auburn and Alabama – two colleges that also desperately want to sign her brother for football.

Because Terry is such a high-profile recruit (he’s ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall athlete), naturally there’s speculation that the two may be a package deal to the same college. Both siblings – along with their mother – insist that’s not the situation.

“I don’t think this is going to affect Terry at all,” said their mother, Olivia Godwin. “He’s 100-percent committed to Georgia. And if he decides to change, then that’s on him. Every parent I know would love for their children to be at the same school. I know I would.

“But if that doesn’t happen, we’re all going to support Terry in his decision. We’re going to stand behind him 100 percent. So it will be his choice in the end. But I’m happy for them both, whatever they decide.”

Terryuana said she will sign financial-aid papers with UGA later this week, and expects to start classes there in August.

Will her 5-star brother follow? Terry said he may indeed end up at UGA, but it won’t be because of his sister’s plans. Those are two separate decisions, he claims.

New UGA commit Terryuana Godwin (Butler)

New UGA commit Terryuana Godwin (Butler)

“I’m happy for my sister, and I just think this is great news about Georgia,” Terry Godwin said. “Her skills speak for herself. I’m happy for her that she gets to go to a D1 school because of her talent. She’s always loved basketball, and she has the ability to play at the highest level.

“Maybe it plays out that we’re at the same school, maybe it doesn’t. Just because she’s going to Georgia doesn’t mean I’m going there. We’re not a package deal. We’re both going to do our own thing.

“Who knows? The only person who knows is God.”

As a senior at LaGrange High School in 2011, Terryuana Godwin was one of the most explosive scorers in the state, averaging more than 20 points per game while leading her team to a 21-3 record and appearance in the state playoffs. She got overlooked by major colleges, and ended up signing with Georgia College & State University, a Div. II school in Milledgeville.

Godwin left GCSU after one semester because she was unhappy, and transferred to Butler to pursue her dreams of playing major-college ball. She missed the 2012-13 season with torn ACL injury and was redshirted. This past season, Godwin appeared in 31 games at the Kansas junior college, averaging 4.5 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Initially, Godwin attracted some Div. II offers, but didn’t have much interest playing at that level again. While her mother continued to market her to bigger colleges, Godwin went ahead and applied to some schools closer to home as a student-only. She even considered giving up the sport if it wasn’t the right opportunity.

Godwin got approved for admissions at Auburn, and contacted the SEC school’s basketball coaches to see if there was a scholarship available. There wasn’t at the time, but the two sides remained in contact. They finally got to speak in person when Godwin went with her brother to Auburn’s Big Cat weekend a few weeks ago.

“After talking with the Auburn coaches during the Big Cat weekend, her interest changed then,” said Olivia. “It was like ‘OK, I want to do this.’ That’s when she decided to pursue major-college basketball again. Georgia contacted her, and Auburn contacted her again.”

Terryuana Godwin (right) tweeted a picture with UGA's basketball coach

Terryuana Godwin (right) tweeted a picture with UGA’s basketball coach

UGA had also originally told Godwin that there wasn’t a scholarship available but something changed at the beginning of last week. The Bulldogs coaches also made it clear that it had nothing to do with her brother.

“I don’t think that’s the case, and that’s what was told to us in the meeting with the basketball coaches,” Olivia said with a laugh. “They said ‘It’s not because of Terry that she’s getting this offer, it’s because of your mother.’

Olivia has taken an active role in recruiting, contacting college coaches about her kids and even cutting up film for YouTube.

“I’m one of those mothers who is persistent. I try not to give up. When I’m talking up Terry to colleges, I’m asking them to look at my daughter, and even other parents’ kids. I’m trying to put them out there as much as I can to colleges.”

Terryuana knows some people think she may have gotten a boost in recruiting because of her famous brother. It doesn’t seem to bother her.

“Everybody has their opinions and, of course, people are going to say things like that,” she said. “I knew it was going to happen. But I feel like my talent is good enough to play at that level.

“If people feel like I’m getting to go to Georgia because of my brother, I guess we’ll have to wait and see what I do this season in basketball.”

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– By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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