Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) has a talented group of rising seniors led by all-everything wide receiver Justin Hunter. 6-0, 179-pound safety prospect Jon Godfrey has not gained the recruiting recognition to this point, but he certainly is a big part of the team’s success and is starting to generate more interest from college coaches.
As a junior last season, Godfrey earned first-team all-district and second-team all-Tidewater honors for his play at linebacker. He helped Ocean Lakes to an undefeated regular season.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Jon as a player because of what he has meant to our defense for the past two years,” Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott said. “He led us in tackles last year. He competes with those higher recruits year in and year out. I believe he is the best all around player in regards to being around the ball and making plays. He has football savvy. He has an explosion to the ball that’s better than anybody I’ve ever coached. He can tackle, block and catch. In addition to being a leading tackler on defense, he is always the first guy down on special teams.”
According to Coach Scott, Delaware, Duke, East Carolina, Richmond and Virginia Tech have inquired about Godfrey. The standout rising senior accepted an invitation to Virginia Tech’s on Spring Game on Saturday, when he learned about his status with the Hokies.
“They were telling me they haven’t seen what I can do athletically,” Godfrey said. “They want me to come back another time and show what I’ve got. Coach Newsome saw film on me and said I looked good on film, but they wanted to see me in person. Coach Newsome mentioned some dates when I could come back [for camp].”
Godfrey enjoyed his time in Blacksburg and came away motivated by the experience.
“The atmosphere was crazy,” Godfrey said. “It was a good experience going there, seeing college people play in action. After what I saw at the scrimmage, I know I have things to work on. I need to work on a lot of things. The main thing is speed. I need to get that better right now.”
A good overall athlete, Godfrey, who also played for Ocean Lakes’ varsity basketball squad, is participating in track this spring. Specifically, he is participating in the long jump, triple jump and 400 meters events. He hopes to improve his speed and athleticism by next season, when he’ll likely line up in a free safety spot.