Terry Godwin hadn’t yet played a down in his sophomore year of high-school football when he caught the attention of Georgia head coach Mark Richt.
The Callaway Cavaliers were participating in a seven-on-seven camp in Athens in the summer of 2012, and Richt was drawn to a soon-to-be sophomore who was making plays all over the field, showing the ability that would soon make him one of the most recruited players in Georgia.
Before the Cavaliers headed back home, Richt met with Godwin and told him he had a standing scholarship offer.
Over the weekend, Godwin accepted that offer.
Godwin, who recently wrapped up a sensational junior season for the Cavaliers, has made a verbal commitment to the Bulldogs, although nothing can become official until signing day in February of 2015.
“That’s where he got his first offer, at the end of his freshman year, going into his sophomore year,” Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins said of that trip to Athens in 2012. “I’m excited for T, and his family, and obviously for the University of Georgia.”
Godwin announced his decision on his Twitter feed Saturday morning with a post that announced simply “I’m officially a Bulldog.”
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Godwin said “UGA has been there since Day One. Coach Richt and (assistant John) Lilly have been like father figures to me, and they’ve helped me become a better person. It just felt right to go there.”
Although Godwin’s signing day is more than a year ago, he said he wanted to go ahead and get the decision out of the way.
“I went ahead and committed because now I can focus on me, my schoolwork and helping my high school football team do what we need to do,” he said. “It relieves a lot of pressure off my shoulders. It feels great.”
Godwin helped the Cavaliers enjoy the finest season in school history in 2013.
The Cavaliers finished 12-2, and they lost to Buford 24-14 in the Class AAA semifinals.
Godwin had a sensational all-around season, making plays as a wide receiver, a defensive back, and a kick returner.
Godwin scored multiple touchdowns in all three capacities during the season.
At the moment, Godwin is a standout on the Callaway basketball team that is in the midst of a terrific season.
With Saturday’s 58-32 win over Rockmart, Callaway has improved to 12-2.
Godwin has one more football season remaining, and he’ll be the focal point of a team hoping to once again be in contention for a state championship.