Terry Godwin vs. George Campbell: Which 5-Star ATH Is Better?
Terry Godwin and George Campbell are two of the best overall prospects in the 2015 class. The pair of talented football players can play several different positions, which is why they're listed as athletes.
From Georgia, Godwin is already committed to UGA. Campbell was once committed to Michigan, but he's backed off that pledge and is back on the market.
Receiver and defensive back are both athletes' main positions, so the focus between which is the better prospect will be at those spots.
At 6'0" and 165 pounds, one would think Godwin's frame would be skinny and thin. However, he has long limbs and great definition throughout his body. He's not going to intimidate many people on the hoof, but Godwin isn't little at all.
The Florida native has a tall frame at 6'3" and 184 pounds. He doesn't appear to have much body fat, and he towers over a lot of people who stand near him. Campbell will easily weigh more than 200 pounds during his college career.
Speed and Athleticism
The future Bulldog is a fluid athlete who lacks any type of rigid movement skills. He has outstanding quickness, plus he uses his incredible burst to his advantage no matter what position he is playing. Godwin's speed is also elite, as he can skate all over the field with anyone.
With his size, Campbell operates with a bit of a long stride. However, he can gallop like a thoroughbred. His speed is excellent, and he also is a natural athlete. Most players with Campbell's height would be better in a straight-line speed, but he actually has great all-around movement skills.
Godwin is quick off the line, plus he can quickly eat up cushion. He drives hard up the field with terrific speed, and he shows a knack for using subtle movements within his routes to bait cornerbacks. He gets in and out of his breaks cleanly, and he can pick the ball with his mitts. After the catch, Godwin has good vision, elusiveness and speed to be a real threat to score.
Campbell understands how to use his size. He has the lateral quickness to escape press-man coverage, and his speed allows him to stack a cornerback when driving vertically up the field. He needs to sink his hips better to get out of junctions sharper, but Campbell can separate.
There are times when he doesn't look natural catching the ball with his mitts, but there's other times he plucks the ball out of the air cleanly. Finally, he has great run-after-catch skills due to his impressive speed.
Godwin has the potential to be an All-SEC cornerback at Georgia. First, he has the size and speed to hold his own as a perimeter-defender. Next, he displays loose hips and exceptional short-area quickness to fire out of transition and close on balls. Godwin also has great ball skills to intercept passes.
Campbell doesn't get the respect he deserves as a defensive back. He has the skills of a free safety, as he does a great job of tracking the football. Campbell doesn't look lost at all when backpedaling, and he does a solid job of reading routes from the middle of the secondary. He has the potential to be an impact player in college as a safety.
Aside from receiver and cornerback, Godwin's main value also comes as a return man. He has the quickness and burst to excel as a punt returner, and he can assist with returning kicks. At the high school level, running back and safety were positions he could play, yet he'll call receiver or cornerback home in college.
There's an array of positions Campbell can play at the collegiate level. Receiver, safety, outside linebacker and even rush-end in a 3-4 scheme are all possibilities for him. His size, speed and athleticism will help he be comfortable wherever he plays in college.
Both athletes are excellent prospects who will be among the headliners of their recruiting classes. Campbell's size and speed are fantastic, while Godwin has fluid athleticism and noticeable explosiveness.
Although Campbell could potentially be more versatile, Godwin is just scratching the surface on how good he could be as a receiver. He's also a better defensive back at this point than Campbell, though not by much.
The winner of this one is Godwin.
Chad Simmons of Scout.com wrote on Jan. 18:
"Georgia wants him on the offensive side of the ball right now."
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.
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