January 31, 2011

Spartans offer Catholic Central lineman

One of the top recruits in Michigan for the class of 2011 will be Matthew Godin of Detroit Catholic Central High School. SpartanMag.com spoke with the 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect and got some details on his recent visit to Michigan State.

Last summer SpartanMag.com was able to evaluate Godin at the Michigan State 1-Day Elite Camp. At the camp Godin worked extensively with Defensive Line Coach Ted Gill and showed that he had the potential to be a high-level recruit for the class of 2012.

What stood out to SpartanMag.com about Godin's ability is how well he took to coaching. He was able to quickly incorporate the skills and techniques being taugh by Coach Gill. Much of that certainly comes for the fact that Godin comes from a high school program known for high quality coaching.

This past weekend Godin attended a junior day function at Michigan State University. He infomed SpartanMag.com that he got some very good news from Head Coach Mark Dantonio before he left East Lansing.

"I went to Michigan State's Junior Day and they offered me a scholarship," he said. "The visit was great, I really had a good time. I was really impressed with the facilities and I got along well with the coaches."

Prior to heading to Michigan State, Godin already held scholarships from Buffalo, Duke and Cincinnati. The offer from the Spartans however, takes his recruitment to a whole new level. Landing a scholarship this early form the defending Big Ten Champions will certainly get the attention of numerous other teams.

As has been profiled in other updates, Godin has some strong family ties to the University of Michigan. We asked Godin about the Wolverines and where they currently stand in his recruitment.

"They are in there, but right now I am not worried about them," he stated. "They are finishing up other things. I really like Michigan State and could see myself playing there. I also plan on heading to Wisconsin for a junior day later this spring."

Godin is listed as a defensive tackle in the rivals.com database, but some have speculated that his highest potential may be on the opposite side of the ball at offensive tackle. Godin talked about what the Spartans staff is saying to him.

"Coach Narduzzi is my recruiter and I have talked with Coach Gill," he said. "They are saying they like me as a 3 technique defensive tackle."

The 3-technique is the position that was manned a lot by 6-foot-4, 285-pound Kevin Pickelman last fall. Pickelman will be a senior this coming fall.

The early offer to Godin certainly solidifies him as one of the top prospects in Michigan for the clss 2012. With prospects lime Godin, Kelby Latta of Harper Creek High School and Danny O'Brien of Flint Powers Catholic High School the class of 2012 is looking to have more quality big men than years' past.

SpartanMag.com will have more on Godin's recruitment as it unfolds.

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