Stats in 2014: Godwin started nine games and played in all twelve, recording 72 total tackles. His best game was against Wisconsin, in which he got 14 tackles and recovered a fumble.
Spot on the Spring Depth Chart: Starting strong safety above Hassan Childs. In a 4-2-5 defense, this position is often called the "rover."
How He Came to USF: Godwin played at Freedom High School in Tampa, where he was also recruited by Minnesota, West Virginia, Iowa State, FAU and basically the entire MAC. Taggart offered him a scholarship to Western Kentucky, but Godwin committed to Minnesota. Once Taggart was hired here, Godwin decided to stay close to home and de-committed from Minnesota to go to USF.
Recruiting Rankings: Nate had three stars from ESPN, Rivals and 247.
Projected Playing Time: He should be on the field as much as possible. Godwin is a great player with good instincts, and with two years under his belt he will be one of the defensive leaders. He is fast enough to cover a large passing zone and still sprint up to the line of scrimmage to down running backs. Godwin and Jamie Byrd can both hit hard, and hopefully they will develop into a feared backfield this season.
I mean, they are already practicing with sledgehammers and chains:
Savage season ! pic.twitter.com/caCjp0uTUq— Nate Godwin (@_NG36) July 27, 2015
Fun Fact: Godwin has been something of a spokesperson for the Bulls ever since he committed in high school. He encouraged fellow members of his recruiting class to choose USF, and played a role in incoming freshman cornerback Nate Ferguson's decision to come here instead of going to Eastern Michigan.
Highlight: This is that time Godwin ran back a blocked field goal for a touchdown. There was also that time he intercepted the ball against UCF
and ran it back for a game-winning touchdown.