Posted: 12:01 am Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

UGA 5-star reflects on visit to Alabama 

By Michael Carvell

UGA 5-star commit Terry Godwin, an AJC Super 11 selection (AJC/Curtis Compton)

UGA 5-star commit Terry Godwin, an AJC Super 11 selection (AJC/Curtis Compton)

UGA’s top recruit on defense is Trent Thompson, the 5-star defensive tackle who committed to the Bulldogs last week.

UGA’s top recruit on offense is Terry Godwin, the 5-star athlete from Callaway High School.

Godwin made some Bulldog fans nervous by taking an unofficial visit to Alabama on Saturday.

“I went to hang out at practice,” Godwin told the AJC on Monday night.

“My visit went great to Alabama. It was a great experience. They told me that I’m a very important guy to them. They told me that they have their three man guys leaving (at wide receiver), and that they need me.

“They said with their three main guys leaving, there’s room for someone else to come in there and make an impact.”

When asked if he felt like there was a better opportunity to make an impact at Alabama rather than UGA – which had to play walk-ons in critical roles after last season’s injuries — Godwin replied “Only God knows.”

Terry Godwin with his sister at Dawg Night (AJC)

Terry Godwin with his sister at Dawg Night (AJC)

This isn’t the first time that Godwin has caused some anxious feelings among UGA fans. Since committing to the Bulldogs last January, Godwin has made multiple visits to Alabama and Auburn, along with returning to UGA.

Alabama appears to be UGA’s biggest contender because Godwin’s offensive coordinator at Callaway (Matt Napier) is the brother of one of Alabama’s ace recruiters, Billy Napier.

Godwin told the AJC on Monday that he remains committed to UGA, but plans to take official visits to other schools “to enjoy the recruiting process.”

Perhaps the biggest thing in UGA’s favor is that Godwin’s older sister was offered a last-minute basketball scholarship by the Bulldogs this summer. She signed and started classes this week.

Terry was also asked about his college position – if he will play wide receiver or defensive back.

“I’m listed as an athlete, and I haven’t really made a decision on which position I’m going to play in college,” he said. “I’m going to wait until I get there, and see which one I feel more comfortable at.”

Lots of high school prospects flirt with the idea of playing on either or both sides of the ball in college. But few are actually good enough to do it at the next level. Godwin is good enough, according to 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell.

“Terry Godwin is on another level — Terry Godwin is one of 2-3 guys I’ve ever covered that could play either side of the ball and be just as good at either position,” Mansell said.

Now it’s your turn. What do you think? Should UGA be concerned? Or is this just part of the deal with recruiting a high-profile kid? Please post below.

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191 comments
Contractor1
Contractor1

Another "last minute" scholarship offer to a sibling. Boy, Georgia sells their souls for top recruits. Can't wait till one of these recruits momma or daddy get a full "academic" ride theirselves.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

One area where Georgia has been hurt in the past in Recruiting is not looking at a Recruits entire family as being future great players. You may need to offer a 2 star or 3 star Recruit a Scholarship because he has 1 to 3 siblings or cousins who are developing into great looking future prospects. 

In the past Georgia has pasted on a 3 star and only average Recruit , he ended up somewhere else and then his 4 or 5 star Brother or brothers chose to follow their older brother yo the other School. It take a lot of digging but we have a lot of people whose job is to find these things out before it is too late. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Georgia was out recruited a few times in the last 5 years because other programs gave family members or girl friends a few ride if that recruit came with them. I am glad to see that Georgia is looking into all the way to get a recruit to pick Georgia. You fight fire with fire.

The positive about what happened with Terry's sister is the fact that she can actually play Basketball and will get a lot of playing time as a Lady Dawg.

BCB
BCB

He is a DAWG baby!

TampGator1
TampGator1

Boy.....Georgia has really gotten into offering the "not quite up to speed" brother or sister deal to get the primary "up to speed" sibling lately.  Eventually, Georgia is going to run out of those extra scholarships to hand out. 

RED DOG 77
RED DOG 77

I tend to agree TG will be a Dawg, however he might fool us all. I believe the sister thing is truly our biggest plus. He talks about making an immediate impact at Alabama with what seems to be the "flirt with the Tide"...............I just don't buy it other than dreaming..........Terry Godwins reason for committing to Georgia was as I recall..........#1 Love the Georgia Bulldogs #2 Has an opportunity to step right in and play his freshman year #3 Thinks the world of coach Mark Richt..............and with his sister a basketball Dawgette?...........He's all BULLDOG................GO DAWGS!!!!!!

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

if he comes to UGA, great...if not, we'll be fine...that being said, I do believe, my opinion, he will be in Athens...go dogs

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

This young man seems to have a good head on his shoulders so hopefully he will remain committed to UGA and get a better education out of the process.  Also interesting that he references God in his quote...so many Trolls despise CMR and love to joke about his clear faith based life....wonder if Terry or his family care about that at all?

greenedefense
greenedefense

He would be smart to go to school with his sister. They will need each other's support.

Hobnail Boot
Hobnail Boot

bottom line, he is not officially committed to any school until he signs his letter of intent, I hope he brings his talent to UGA but he has to make the decision and I wish him luck wherever he ends up playing

DawginCO
DawginCO

h and any comments about kool aid drinking and crap like that, I will ask you a simple question.  What does it matter?  What harm does it do to believe?  You act like it is a horrible thing to not wallow in negativity and the "woe is us" world.  Screw that.   It is scientifically proven that a positive attitude can help almost any situation.  While a negative attitude, even disguised as supposed realism, increases the odds that bad things will  happen.  I chose to believe and if you don't like it so what.  If you don't believe you can, you will always fail.

thebucket
thebucket

Just saw Joey Galloway on SEC Network talking about Braxton Miller's injury. I hope it's not true that he is out for the year, but if it is that's a shame. He is a great player.

DawginCO
DawginCO

This go to Bama and compete for championships or go to Georgia and go 8-5 crap is beyond stupid.  I watched the 1980 UGA vs SC game and I was amazed by how many breaks the 1980 team got at just the right time.  That whole season was full of incredibly fortuitous events, game after game.  Georgia hasn't caught a break in years it seems.


The old saying is that is better to be lucky than good.  My dad used to say it's better to be both.  Sorry trolls but if you had an ounce of rationality you'd be able to look back and see it.  But I don't expect you will and I am not writing this for you.  This is for my fellow Bulldog fans.  In the 2002 -2007 era, Georgia was as good as anybody.  Then our defense went downhill and the offense was all that kept us from being barely above average.  In 2012 we were as good as anybody and proved it in the SEC CG.  A great play and a bad break are how that game ended.  If that ball falls harmlessly to the ground there was time for another play.  It didn't.  yup, bad break.


Maybe this the year where the injury bug doesn't cut the legs out from under one of the best offenses in college football.  Sure seems we have had more than our fair share of  injuries.   Either way I won't bow to the neg-heads and trolls.  Georgia can and will win a championship soon.   And Terry Godwin can help that happen.  Why not be a part of making it happen rather than just a another cog in the wheel?  That is what I'd ask any recruit.

thebucket
thebucket

I am sure Godwin was impressed by his visit to Bama. Heck I am 40 something and I am impressed so I am sure a teenager would be! But the picture some of you paint of Godwin's chances at UGA is not accurate. The facts are that in 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2012 UGA was right there among the very best in the country. Not every MNC game winner has been undefeated, UGA just needed a little more luck for things to fall together for them. For example, Bama got another (deserved) shot @ LSU a couple of years ago only because Oklahoma State blew their game against a clearly inferior Iowa State team. In 2007 I was watching the Kentucky/Tennessee game in Pigeon Forge, Tenn and Kentucky was inside the Tennessee 5 yard line. If Kentucky had scored a TD UGA would have represented the East and had a great shot @LSU who also lost 2 games that year. Kentucky didn't score and UGA got shut out because they didn't win the SECCG.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@C-Kirk 


You mean like maybe a farm system???????????


I'm thinking maybe you failed English/Grammar/sentence structure, etc.


Could be an alcohol problem!!!!!!!!!

TampGator1
TampGator1

But no doubt the brother (Ledbetter) and sister (Godwin) sealed the deals for the better Ledbetter and better Godwin.  Whatever it takes.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@RED DOG 77 Godwin just having some fun. Nick just trying to get some options lined up if some of our commits flip. He doesn't wait until the last two weeks in Jan for options.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@greenedefense and he will. Bama is just another hat on the table or a good official trip. Kids just want a offer from Alabama at this time for their ego. Nick never stops recruiting great players regardless since some of our current commits will flip during the season. Bama already has the #1 receiver in the country committed but again that doesn't mean that much since he is from the Miami area.

GTBob
GTBob

@thebucket Number one goal of every preseason. Stay healthy. That is really unfortunate for Braxton and Ohio St.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@thebucket Exactly, he is a senior too. Hope he can get healed up for the combines. AM seems to be doing very well.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@DawginCO WELL PUT!  It's so funny to hear the TROLLS on here spewing all the negative crap about this and that but there have been SEVERAL UGA teams in the past 10 years that could have won a championship (one in particular that should have never ended up playing Hawaii).  But in the end, "shoulda" doesnt cut it when people view success as ONLY about championships.  We have had a VERY good team many years and a good team almost every year since CMR arrived.  Agree 100% that every championship involves some degree of luck given the high degree of talent and coaching at so many schools.  I very much respect what Bama has been able to accomplish because it is damn hard to win it several times in short time window...gotta give the program, staff and (true original) fans kudos.  But the past is always just that....past.  Before Saban arrived Bama was mediocre at best.  Tides can turn and fortunes can shift.  I like the way our program is moving...prouder than ever to be a Dawg!

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Hey DawginCO,

You are correct except UGa would have had time for at least 2-3 more plays. Bummer bad break.....especially since that last play went down in the books as a completed pass. Oh well.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@thebucket Yea, bucket yall always seem to have that one game a year. But most all teams have that one game a year. That's what makes it so aggravating.

GTBob
GTBob

@thebucket Or UGA could have beaten Tennessee themselves instead of getting blown out by them.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Wow, excellent rebuttal. Eff off? Took a lot of thought for that one. You run your state? What's it say when you run your state and have five losses? Enjoy not showing up for the big game. Soon they'll change it from pulling a Clemson to pulling a Georgia. Fifteen and counting hoss, just remember that. Though I'm sure you'll dig reeeeal deep and tell me to eff off again. Powerful stuff.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Trolling? The article was about his visit to Alabama. How is that trolling? On edge there bubba? Should be happy while you're still undefeated.

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@gtcaryd If that were true then TROLLS like you would be praying to Krishna to PLEASE stop those SUPERIOR UGA Dawgs from stomping my poor little GnaTs EVERY YEAR for as long as your demented mommy could remember.  Of course you cannot afford to spend any time worshiping God or Hare Krishna, you only have room in your pathetic life for your OBSESSION with UGA.  It is still so sad that story that you shared the other day that your dying wife BEGGED you to spend more time with her but you just couldn't spare the time from your TROLLING.  Thank God she never had relations with you so that there were no children left for you to abuse.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Wet....that could be true because there are also kids that just want an offer from UGA, for their egos, because it's the home state school.

Just like some kids get stupid about making a big deal which school offered them first.

Anyways, we'll see what really happens with this kid later.

HotDawg
HotDawg

No confidence in this one Wet?

He's been playing around since the day he "committed".

thebucket
thebucket

@GTBob @thebucket  Galloway said Braxton just threw like a 5 yard pass before he went down with an apparent shoulder injury. Just awful.

dawginbama
dawginbama

@gtcaryd @thebucket he shouldn't go to the combine this year.  he needs to come back and play another year in college.  pryor 2.0

thebucket
thebucket

@gtcaryd @thebucket There are reasons and excuses I guess. If we knew what was going to happen I guess it wouldn't be fun to watch!

TrueDawg1986
TrueDawg1986

@GTBob Bob, I can't believe I'm going to say this but....AMEN!  WHile I agree it would have been nice to have some help....I've lived a life where self reliance always seems to pay off.  Don't leave it to another team to help you out....GO GET IT YOURSELF.  I think the point being made though is that nearly every championship involves some luck and in that year (while the should have done it themselves) UGA didn't get a ton of luck.  But as always, luck is what you make it so I'm excited that the Dawgs are continuing to build the quality of the team and coaching staff while the University keeps gaining in an already strong academic ranking.

Grant1296
Grant1296

@Contractor1 The cow college runs Alabama Troll...I see no powerful stuff

from you,about that...

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Contractor1 


Who's  team is currently enjoying the  L O N G E S T  losing streak? Your's 

or Grant1296?????


Or do you know??????????????

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@Contractor1 OK, and your post was a slam on UGA...was it not ?? what was relevant to the article ?? and no, not on the edge bro...lot more going on in  my life than football...and sweating where a 17 year old kid will go to school...of course I know that's all you have...now go to your statue, the short one, of Saban and pray to him that Bama won't lose a game and ruin your life until next year...while you are again, undefeated...go dogs

Contractor1
Contractor1

Well using the word bro definitely describes your intellect. I slammed your boys, yes. Also, there's truth in my comment. Enjoy another four-five loss season with dashed Championship hopes by Week 2.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Contractor1 


You are the same a$$hole that recenty made light of UGA not batting down a last second prayer pass that cost UGA a win over The BARN and gloatingly said It was covered in Middle School Pass Defense 101 yet you conveniently omitted the fact that your favorite team Bama stood politely by with folded arms as The BARN returned a failed FG attempt for the winning score!!!!! The  look on the Bama players faces appeared to be "CAN THEY  DO THAT?


You are indeed a troll but pretty much a "DUMBA$$  TROLL"

that apparently couldn't find your a$$ with a GPS!!!!!!!


I previously asked you to respond but apparently it is beyond your capabilities