Faster, Stronger Godin Ready for Season

Midwest Regional Manager
Posted Aug 10, 2011

Detroit Catholic Central (Mich.) DT Matt Godin talks about the upcoming season and the pressure of playing as a Michigan commitment.

Michigan recently landed two new commitments on the defensive line, and while that creates competition for committed linemen like Matt Godin, the Detroit Catholic Central stand out is happy with the situation.

"Wormley committed and he's the same position as me, but what they told me is, we just battle it out and we both can play. We're just going to rotate. That sounds good to me."

Godin attended the BBQ at the Big House a few weeks ago, to catch up with some fellow commits. As far as recruiting more players into the class, he figures, with the Wolverines nearing completion, it is something he does not have to focus on.

"I kind of stopped now. There are only a few spots now and I helped out with a lot of those players."

The focus is now on the season, where Godin says his opponents will see an improved version of him.

"My speed off the ball. I worked really hard on that and my strength too. I added like seven reps on my 225 bench, so I'm really excited about that."

They'll see a better CC team too. With Godin at left tackle, 6'6, 265-lb senior Jake Widmer at right tackle, and 6'5, 300-lb junior Derek Edwards at guard, the Shamrocks have a formidable front line. The entire team, he says, has worked like they have never worked before.

"We're really motivated. I haven't been here one year where we've worked this hard in the off-season. We've really come together. Whether it's sophomores, juniors or seniors, it doesn't matter. We're all boys."

One new aspect for Godin will be having a spotlight on him, a target. Being a Michigan commitment, he will get every opponent's best effort, and he is prepared for that.

"Yeah. I'm going to have a target for sure. If I was another kid who didn't have any offers and wasn't committed, I'd want to go at the big kid that's committed to D1 too. It's going to be happening every game. I just have to step up and represent Michigan and CC and win a state championship."

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