February 21, 2011

Michigan OL still interested in Duke

It has been several weeks since Duke verbally offered a scholarship to Novi (Mich.) Detroit Catholic Central defensive lineman Matthew Godin but there is still a lot of mutual interest between the Blue Devils and the talented tackle. Godin has already visited Duke and he's thinking about a return trip.

Godin visited Duke just after the end of his football season and that gave him an excellent opportunity to learn more about the school while interacting with the coaches.

He has kept in good contact with head coach David Cutcliffe and his assistants since then, and his interest in Duke remains very high.

"I will be out there in the spring," Godin said. "If not in the spring then early summer. I was actually just on the phone with coach Cut. We just caught up on everything. He told me about all the new stuff that's going on. He told me to try to get back out there. I loved it when I visited before."

What were the highlights of his trip to Duke after the season?

"It was definitely the coaching staff," he explained. "I really like the coaches there."

Duke isn't the only school that has verbally offered the 6-foot-5, 253-pound defensive tackle. Buffalo, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Syracuse have done the same.

Godin isn't ready to talk about favorites so it's safe to say this will be a heated recruiting battle between the schools involved. The fact that Godin is willing to take a second trip to Duke, even with the school being such a long drive, is a good sign that the Blue Devils are a serious contender.

"I'll be going to Wisconsin next weekend and then I really don't know after that," Godin said. "I'll just go from there."

In addition to the schools that have offered Godin told Devils Illustrated he has been hearing from Wisconsin, Nebraska, Indiana, Northwestern and Oregon.

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