May 1, 2011

Godin gets closer to decision

One of the top prospects in the state of Michigan and the Midwest for the class of 2012 is Matthew Godin of Detroit Catholic Central High School. Godin, who was in East Lansing this weekend is expected to select between Michigan State, Michigan and Wisconsin in the near future.

Last summer SpartanMag.com was able to observe Godin at the Michigan State Elite Player Camp. Since that time be has grown 2-inches, added 20-pounds of muscle and turned himself into one of top defensive tackle recruits in the Midwest for 2012.

A few weeks ago Godin informed SpartanMag.com that he would be making his college choice in the near future. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect still intends on making his choice public on May 12th. This past Saturday Godin was on the Michigan State campus to check out the Green and White scrimmage game.

Godin has been on campus numerous times in the last 12 months and we asked him what stood out to him on this visit and if he spent time talking with Head Coach Mark Dantonio

"The team is family there," Godin stated. "Everyone is real close. Coach Dantonio took me and Danny (O'Brien) out to the 50-yard line and stated that if he were to get the two of us he would be done at defensive line and that he wants me to join the family very badly."

Michigan State likes Godin as a defensive tackle while several other teams are looking at him as more of a defensive end recruit. The Spartans see him easily getting up in the 290-pound range and being a 3-technique DT that can disrupt that can be a factor on both running and passing downs.

Spartanmag.com asked Godin what he is looking for when it comes to a college and what has been the hardest part of the whole process.

"I am looking for that little factor that I see in a school that could help me decide, Godin stated. It is going to be very hard to say no to the schools. They are all great schools and they have done a great job of recruiting me."

One of the reasons Godin is looking to make an early decision is to be able to focus on his senior season and to help whatever teams he selects recruit other top players. He informed SpartanMag.com that he was able to speak with all 3 new members of the Spartans, Riley Bullough, Benny McGowan and Zach Harris.
SpartanMag.com will be keeping in contact with Godin over the next two weeks. Michigan State was one of the first teams to offer Godin and he would certainly be another solid addition to the class of 2012.

SpartanMag.com Take:
A few weeks ago SpartanMag.com heard that Godin was a very strong lean to the Wolverines. That still may be the case as he grew up cheering for Michigan. However, that has not stopped the Spartans and Badgers from recruiting him very hard.

One interesting aspect about Godin's recruitment is that we have heard some teams actually view him more as an OL prospect that and defensive lineman. The fact that the Spartans just took 2 offensive line commitments (a 3 man class is expected) and have indicated they will shut it down if they were to get Godin and Danny O'Brien makes it very clear where the Spartans see his future.


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