It’s the best of the best

By Kevin Eckleberry

July 5, 2014

For the best high-school football players in the country, Oregon is the place to be.

The Opening, an invitation-only event sponsored by Nike, gets under way today at the Nike world headquarters in Beaverton, and Callaway wide receiver Terry Godwin is one of the participants.

It’s a six-day event, including four days of competition beginning on Monday.

The event features 162 players, most of whom will be seniors this season.

Just to reach this point, players had to make their way through one of 14 regional Nike camps.

In March, Godwin took part in a Nike football training camp in Marietta, and he was one of eight players who earned an invitation to The Opening.

The players will participate in a number of competitions, including a seven-on-seven tournament where Godwin figures to shine.

Godwin is one of the country’s most highly-rated wide receivers, and he has generally excelled during Callaway’s seven-on-seven events.

Godwin will be covered by some of the country’s top cornerbacks, but he’ll also have one of the nation’s elite quarterbacks throwing him the ball.

Godwin has been making an impact on the football field since his freshman season, and last year he helped lead the Cavaliers to the final four for the first time in school history.

While Godwin receives a lot of attention for his work as a wide receiver, he is also a threat as a defensive back, and kick returner.

During the playoffs last season, he returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown against Pierce County, and he returned a punt for a score in another playoff game.

Godwin has been heavily recruited since he was a freshman, and earlier this year, he verbally committed to the University of Georgia, although he has continued to visit other schools.

The recruiting process will continue until Godwin makes it official on national signing day in February.

“I enjoy it,” Godwin said of the recruiting process. “We just have fun at the (college) games. I’m really looking forward to (college football), but I’m trying to enjoy my high-school career as long as I can.”

Godwin will begin his final high-school season on Aug. 22 when the Cavaliers face LaGrange High at Callaway Stadium.