3 of UGA’s top recruits make visits to Alabama

Three of UGA’s top football recruits, including 5-stars Terry Godwin and Trent Thompson, made unofficial visits to Alabama this past weekend — even though the Bulldogs had a home game.

For Terry, the two-way star from Callaway High School, it marked the second week in a row he attended an Alabama game.

“It was a great visit,” Terry told the AJC. “I was just down there to get to know the coaches some more, and get the feel of it more and more. I’m just checking out other places, seeing how things are going, and enjoying the recruiting process.”

UGA appeared to lock up Terry Godwin after signing his sister to a basketball scholarship but ...  (AJC)

UGA appeared to lock up Terry Godwin after signing his sister to a basketball scholarship but … (AJC)

Terry has a special connection to Alabama. His offensive coordinator at Callaway High School is the brother of the Crimson Tide’s ace recruiter, Billy Napier. Terry went to last Saturday’s game with Callaway’s athletic trainer.

“She is a Bama fan, so I wanted to let her enjoy some of the things I get to do as a recruit,” he said.

After the game, Terry got some one-on-one time with Alabama coach Nick Saban, who had some information he wanted to sahe.

“Coach Saban asked ‘Do you see how we try to get Amari Cooper the ball 10 times or more in one game? That’s how we’re going to use you,” said Terry, who explained that Alabama wants him as a slot receiver.

“I was like ‘That’s great. I want to play both outside and inside (spots at wide receiver.’ Coach Saban said ‘Oh, well then we can make that happen.’ On the second visit I went to, (Saban) said ‘I see you’re getting a little taller and bigger, with more muscle on you. So we probably could use you on the outside and the inside.’ So I liked hearing that.”

Where do things stand between Godwin and UGA? Godwin attended the Clemson game, and he may return for Tennessee, although he hasn’t made final plans. “I’m still 100-percent committed. I’m just enjoying the recruiting process.”

Alabama's Nick Saban says he'll use Godwin like Amari Cooper (AP)

Alabama’s Nick Saban says he’ll use Godwin like Amari Cooper (AP)

One final note on Godwin: He has identified at least of his two official visits, UGA and USC. Godwin told the AJC that he has already set up a recruiting trip with the Trojans for Oct. 3-4, which is his bye week at Callaway.

What makes Godwin want to visit USC? “I mean, it’s California. Who wouldn’t want to go out there for a visit? It’s a great school, and they put a lot of wide receiver into the NFL. They create great men and great love. And there’s more than life after football. That’s what they try to teach their kids and try to instill into their players.”

Trent Thompson, who is rated as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect and from Albany’s Westover High School, went to the Alabama game accompanied by his mother. They arrived at the game too late to meet with Saban but got to talk with defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.

“He gave me a hug and he was so glad that we came up,” Thompson’s mother told 247sports.com’s Trevor Hewett. “They have been trying to get me up there, but I have been having trouble with my truck, but we got a ride this time and I told them I am coming back and I am glad that we went.”

The other UGA recruit there was Jonathan Ledbetter, the 4-star defensive tackle from Tucker High School who switched his commitment from Alabama to UGA after his older brother (a former Div. II basketball player) signed a football scholarship with the Bulldogs this past summer.

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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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