Godin has Three In Front

Godin has Three In Front

After Detroit Central Catholic defensive end Matt Godin earned All-Catholic League honors after recording 66 tackles, 28 for loss, two sacks and one batted pass, nine schools came calling with a scholarship offer. It's still early, but Godin has three schools on his list of favorites.

MADISON - Despite JJ Watt playing for the Badgers for just two years, he has definitely left his mark on the Wisconsin program. Not only did he set records and leave an indelible mark on Wisconsin fans with his hard work on and off the field, he also left one on many recruits that are looking at the Badgers.

One of those recruits is Matt Godin.

Godin, a three-star defensive end from Detroit Catholic Central High School (Novi, MI), has been active this spring visiting campuses and getting a feel for where he might play at the next level.

The 6-foot 5, 265-pound defensive end looks up to the way Watt played at Wisconsin and can see some of himself when watching Watt quickness off the ball and athleticism.

Those attributes have helped Godin collect offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin among others.

The junior defensive end recently visited both Michigan State and Michigan, while visiting Wisconsin earlier in the spring.

"I just visited Michigan. I have been there a lot, it was no surprise. It is great down there, but I mean at Wisconsin, I was blown away."

After those three visits Godin now favors Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State above the rest.

Michigan State - "They won a Big Ten Championship. Coach Dantonio. Their coaching staff is great. It is just a stable program. I know that if I chose to go there, like I said, it would be stable."

Wisconsin - "Hard working program, I like that. Big Ten Championship too. Great history. Coach Bielema. Stable as well."

Michigan - "Kind of cool that they are starting off with a new coach. He is trying to get Michigan back to where they used to be."

Despite favoring three schools Godin isn't resting on his laurels.

"I am going to visit Penn State in a few weeks. I am going back to Wisconsin in a few weeks for the (spring) game. If I don't go for the spring game I will probably just go for a visit after that. Then I am going to Illinois and Boston College as well."

Godin is looking for a few things while touring the campuses.

"I'm looking to see if I'm comfortable with my surroundings on the visit, the education, and the coaching staff. I want to feel comfortable with my coaches. Distance really isn't a factor."

Wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander has been working Michigan for the past few season and is really starting to make an imprint.

"It is great," Godin said of his relationship with Alexander. "I talk to him every week. He has a new question for me every week. It is ‘Question of the Week' every week. I really like him."

All the schools that have offered Godin are looking at him at defensive end, with Michigan State looking at him for both defensive end and defensive tackle.

With the school year coming to a close, Godin is looking to make a decision during the middle of summer and also hopes to bring a state title back to his team in 2011.

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