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Four-star LB Grant Godfrey sold on development of Kentucky

Jeremy Johnson08/01/22
Photo courtesy of Grant Godfrey

Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett four-star linebacker Grant Godfrey had his eye on the long-term. Kentucky checked the boxes that Godfrey felt pointed him in the direction of the NFL.

Godfrey, the No. 283 overall prospect in the On3 Consensus rankings for the class of 2023, fell in love with the philosophies of defensive coordinator Brad White and inside linebacker coach Mike Stoops.

“I went back and studied,” Godfrey said. “I looked at which colleges produced the most linebackers. Kentucky stood out on that list. It was down to them and Tennesee…Going back and watching the games, Kentucky was just the place for me.”

The Wildcats expect Godfrey to play both inside and outside linebacker in their scheme.

“Kentucky has been producing a lot of linebackers,” Godfrey told On3. “Jamin Davis was a first-round pick. Coach White has NFL experience. He just knows how to get people to the next level. He coached in the NFL and he’s coached a lot of great linebackers. Justin Houston is a potential Hall of Famer. Him having coached so many great linebackers in college and the NFL makes me feel that he can get me to the next level.”

Godfrey has dreamed of playing in the SEC for much of his life. His father was a star at Georgia. The four-star linebacker has his eyes on turning Kentucky into a staple in the SEC in the coming years.

“I haven’t seen Kentucky make the playoffs yet,” Godfrey said. “I want to try and make the playoffs and I also want to win the Butkus Award too. There’s a great opportunity to do that at Kentucky learning under that great staff there.”