Chris Godwin recruit scouting report: tough, physical receiver

Bud Elliott (SB Nation)

Junior wideout Chris Godwin is being pursued by some of the nation's best football programs.

Chris Godwin is a consensus four-star wide receiver prospect in the Class of 2014 from Middletown High School (Del.). Godwin has offers from several college programs already, including Ohio State, Stanford, Penn State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, West Virginia, Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, N.C. State, Rutgers and Northwestern.

Godwin stands 6'1, weighs 193 pounds and has been clocked running a 4.48 40. He finished the 2012 season with 834 yards receiving and 12 touchdown grabs, as well as 427 rushing yards and five scores on the ground.

He is considered a four-star prospect by 247Sports and the 33rd-best player at wide receiver in the 2014 class. Both Rivals and Scout also rate him as a four-star recruit, and Scout believes he is the No. 41 wide receiver in the class.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Godwin certainly stands out from a physical standpoint. He might even be a bit taller than the listed 6'1, and he is all of 193 pounds, or more. Here is the link to the films I evaluated.

Godwin is a strong receiver who plays strong and doesn't shy away from contact. He is difficult to bring down in the open field. Stylistically, he reminds me a bit of Justin Blackmon, the talented Oklahoma State receiver from a few years back. Godwin is willing to fight for the ball, and does a good job of using his body to gain leverage and position in the red zone. He has strong hands and makes a number of impressive catches.

It is fair to question what I am seeing on tape, however, because the state of Deleware produces very few FBS level recruits, and even fewer elite players. Godwin is probably not as fast as he looks, because the players he is running past are not all that fast. I don't think Godwin is slow, but he does not have elite speed or acceleration.

Godwin's route running is a bit confusing to me. He doesn't appear to have great lateral agility, but then he will stick his foot in the ground and make a very sharp cut, particularly when running our routes on the goal line. Others are rounded off.

Godwin can be a multi-year starter at the BCS level if he improves his route running some. I think his skills give added value if he signs with a school that often plays in nasty weather conditions.

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