Oh, Hello: DE WR Chris Godwin Commits To Penn State

A longtime Nittany Lion target gave his verbal late Tuesday night.

It's close to midnight

Something evil's lurkin'in the dark

Under the moonlight

You see a sight that almost stops your heart

You try to scream

But terror takes the sound before you make it

You start to freeze

As horror looks you right between the eyes

You're paralyzed

'Cause this is thriller

Thriller at night

And no one's gonna save you

From the beast about to strike

You know it's thriller

Thriller at night

You're fighting for your life

Inside a killer

Thriller tonight, yeah

-Michael Jackson, speaking of BOB's recruiting to other Big Ten coaches


Chris Godwin, ladies and gentlemen!


Home/HS: Middletown, DE/Middletown HS
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195 lbs

Recruited by: Ron Vanderlinden

Starz 'n Sheetz
Stars: 4* across the board
Offer Sheet: West Virginia, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Ohio State, Stanford,


The Tale:

Godwin was one of the two wide receivers from the 2014 class that Coach O'Brien and staff set their sights on when recruiting for this period began along with fellow Nittany Lion commit Troy Apke. His relationship with Penn State began when attending camp in Happy Valley this past June. He made two unofficial visits after being offered in late October and took part in Junior Day and decided to give O'Brien his commitment late Tuesday night after seeing Apke and De'Andre Thompkins commit within a week of each other and having a great performance at the PA Swag 7-on-7 Tournament this weekend.


Godwin is already a pretty polished receiver as his highlight film shows as well as being an explosive kick returner. He caught 42 passes for 834 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior which allowed him to be named Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year. He is the third receiver to commit in the 2014 class (remember when Jeff said we weren't planning on seeing any wideouts in this class? What a loser!), but one that definitely seems a lock for the offensive side of the ball, unlike a Thompkins who is listed as an athlete and could line up on either side.

This brings the 2014 commitment list to six, including five skill-position players. We had the discussion on Monday whether this was a good strategy for O'Brien to have. Only he knows for sure, of course, but it seems like that he wants all the offensive firepower he can store as of right now which is something Penn State will need against the likes of Urban Meyer and Brady Hoke in the coming years.

Welcome to Penn State, Chris!

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