ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 7 college football prospect in the nation for 2015 is committed to play wide receiver for the University of Georgia. A verbal commitment means anything to the coaches of the 40 or so other schools who have also offered athlete Terry Godwin. Alabama, Auburn and many more will keep after Godwin until the ink is dry on signing day.
Georgia has an ace up its sleeve though.
Godwin, from Callaway High School, was in Athens on Friday to compete at the Mark Richt 7-on-7 tournament. He had his own cheering section comprised of the Georgia coaches, his mother, his aunt and his sister Terryuana Godwin. Terryuana made news of her own on Friday, accepting a scholarship to play basketball for the Lady Bulldogs.
Terryuana played for Butler Community College last season, appearing in 31 games but never starting. Now she will be suiting up for Georgia's Andy Landers.
"She enrolled today," said Terryuana's mother Olivia Godwin. "Now Georgia has two Dawgs."
Terry Godwin, rated a 5-star recruit by Rivals.com, had been rumored to be looking at other schools, especially after visiting Alabama and Auburn recently.
"At Auburn they all came together as a family and we just had fun, like we were a part of their family already," Godwin said. "It was the same thing at Alabama. I got to talk to Coach [Nick] Saban, Coach [Lane] Kiffin and Coach [Billy] Napier. We were just having a ball down there."
Comments like those resulted in a flood of speculation on social media that Godwin might decommit from the Bulldogs. Godwin indicated last week at the Rivals 5-Star Challenge in Baltimore that he was ignoring all of the talk.
"The internet is the internet," Godwin said. "You can find anything on the internet. That doesn't mean it is true and that doesn't mean it is false."
Godwin said there was not any negative recruiting towards Georgia while on his trip, at least from the coaches involved.
"The only ones I have been hearing that from have been the fans," Godwin said. "I tell [the Georgia coaches] everywhere I go and they tell me before I go to just represent Georgia and have fun."
As of last week Godwin planned to do just that. The recent enrollment of his sister may be the icing on the cake.
"I am not going anywhere [else]," Godwin said at Baltimore camp on June 6. "Right now I am 100 percent committed to Georgia so that is that."
The No. 1 rated athlete in the nation, Godwin will be an impact player wherever he goes. To that extent, the Bulldogs have a unique plan for him.
"Alabama told me I could play wide receiver and return man," Godwin said. "At Georgia I am going to play receiver and returner, but in my sophomore year I will be playing defense as well."