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April 24, 2013

Phil's Recruiting Analysis: Chris Godwin

Less than 48 hours ago after WR ath. De'Andre Thompkins [6-1,170] from Swansboro, N.C. made a verbal commitment to Penn State, the # 1 topic of conversation among the majority of our Lions Den members who actively follow recruiting was: "Would Bill O'Brien and Penn State still be able to actively recruit preseason AA WR Chris Godwin [6-2, 192] from Middletown, Del?"

Well, here it is Wednesday [April 24] and Penn State fans here in the Lions Den have there answer regarding Godwin.

The reason for the concern was the fact BWI and a number of other recruiting analysts were projecting that Penn State could have as few as 10 to 13 scholarships to give for its class of 2014.

That, plus the fact Penn State over the past 10 days had received verbal commitments from two 4-star wide receivers in the class of 2014 with Thompkins and Troy Apke [6-1, 188] from Mt. Lebanon, Pa.

With Thompkins and Apke already in the fold it appeared that if All-Big 10 WR Allen Robinson and slot-WR Alex Kenney made the decision to come back for their final year of eligibility in 2014 the Nittany Lions could have as many as nine WRs [Robinson, Apke, Thompkins, Kenney, Matt Zanellato, Eugene Lewis, Johnathan Warner, Richy Anderson and DaeSean Hamilton] on its 2014 roster.

At this time it is still not known by BWI if Robinson and Kenney are even considering that option for the 2014 season, but at least one thing is perfectly clear to me about Penn State's present recruiting effort for its class of 2014.

I believe I can say without any hesitation when national-letter-of intent -day [Feb. 5, 2014] arrives for the class of 2014 Bill O'Brien and Stan Hixon will have without question the # 1 WR class in the Big 10.

Not only is Godwin the # 1 WR prospect in the Northeast section of the country for the class of 2014, but he combines with Apke to give the Nittany Lions two of the top three WR prospects in the Northeast for the class of 2014.

When I first look at Godwin's highlight tape I'm impressed by his 6-2, 192 pound frame, the way he catches the ball with his hands, his body control and the way he shields defenders with his body when he catches the football, but what excites me the most about Godwin's highlight tape is watching him return punts.

It is when you watch him returning punts you able to understand just how remarkable an athlete Godwin is.

For a player 6-2,192 going into his senior year in high school, Godwin shows remarkable athletic ability for a player his size and body build.

Not only does Godwin have straight-line 4.5 40-yard speed, he runs precise routes, takes sharp angles running his routes coming out of a cut and has the ability to easily change direction and accelerate quickly once he makes a move.

He shows the ability to have separation speed once the ball is in the air and he catches the football without exception in a one-on-one situation when the ball is up for grabs.

Godwin is a very physical WR and by the time he arrives on Penn State's campus in June of 2014, physically it wouldn't surprise me if he he tuns out to be a carbon copy of Robinson.

I expect Godwin to begin his career at the split-end position in Penn State's 3-wide receiver set and its my opinion he'll probably tip the scales at 6-2 or 6-3 and around 200 pounds when he arrives at Penn State's campus in June of 2014.

Just like all five of Penn State's other verbal commitments for the class of 2014, Godwin is a quality student/athlete with over a 3.0 GPA.

When Godwin verbaled to Coach O'Brien late last evening he was listing 15-plus verbal scholarship offers including: Boston College, California, Connecticut, Maryland, NC State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Godwin was recruited for the Nittany Lions by Penn State assistant coach Ron Vanderlinden and Nittany Lion wide receiver and assistant head coach Stan Hixon.

Like I said before Apke, Thompkins and Godwin will give Penn State the # 1 WR class in the Big Ten for the class of 2014.


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