Godfrey Enjoys UVa Visit

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Though it was a rough start, 6-3, 240-pound Lee County (Sanford, N.C.) star tight end/defensive lineman Dennis Godfrey eventually made it to his official visit at the University of Virginia this past weekend. The visit went well and Virginia continues to be in contention for one of the rising stars of the 2006 class.

“Dennis thought it was a good visit,” said Lee County head coach Jody Stouffer. “He thinks Coach [Al] Groh is a good coach. He told me he enjoyed talking to Coach Groh as much if not more than any other head coach recruiting him. The trip got off to an awkward start. His mother made a wrong turn and ended up about 15 minutes from Virginia Tech. They
got there late, but other than that it was a good trip.”

Virginia’s primary recruiter, coach Levern Belin, was back at Lee County earlier today and will return tonight for Godfrey’s basketball game. Yesterday, Virginia Tech assistant coach Danny Pearman was in town to finalize the details of Godfrey’s official visit to Blacksburg.

“Coach Pearman was here almost all day yesteday,” Stouffer said. “Dennis is taking the SAT’s on Saturday morning. In fact, I think he’s driving to Raleigh on Saturday morning to take the SAT’s and will then drive to Blacksburg afterwards. I think he’s coming back on Sunday.”

Godfrey, whose stock skyrocketed after an outstanding performance during the NC/SC Shrine Bowl week, has taken official visits to Wake Forest (where he originally committed), Clemson, South Carolina and Virginia. At this point, Coach Stouffer has a tough time reading where his star may be leaning…if anywhere.

“I’ll tell you, it nearly changes everyday,” Stouffer said. “Everytime I think I get a good feel for where he’s looking, he comes in the next day and makes a comment about somebody else. Coaches keep asking me if they could continue to pursue him or if he’s narrowed his list. He hasn’t narrowed anything yet, and he’s doing a good job of keeping his cards close. He told me he’s going to complete his visitations and then think about narrowing his list. We’re going to sit down with him on Monday and Tuesday and help him come up with a spreadsheet of what’s most important to him and how the schools stack up.”

An excellent prospect on offense or defense, Godfrey is being recruited by all of the finalists as a tight end according to Coach Stouffer.