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Player Profiles: Grant Godfrey

Kentucky will look to add another stud in the linebacker room, so let's get to it. Godfrey is a 205 pound 6'2" outside linebacker out of Suwanee, Georgia. The incoming freshman is a former consensus 4-star recruit. Godfrey has the potential to join the Cats and earn some good playing time as a true freshman. Godfrey, son of 1992 SEC Freshman of the Year Randall Godfrey, has the potential to become a consistent enough player to compete in the SEC his freshman year, especially if he is moved out of the 'Sam' spot.

As mentioned before, Godfrey comes from a family of athletes. His father played was an all-SEC linebacker and played 10 years in the NFL. His brother, RJ Godfrey, currently plays for the Clemson Tigers basketball team. That athletic gene carries through to Grant, judging by his film. Godfrey is great at defending the pass, as well as setting the edge and getting to the running back. Godfrey has a knack for quickly closing on the ball-handler and is solid in defending the run.

Questions loom around what position Godfrey will play at Kentucky. Playing behind super-senior JJ Weaver and promising young stud Keaten Wade is no easy task if you're expecting to see field as a freshman at the 'Sam' and may be too undersized to play on the strong side early on. Godfrey was very versatile and 'positionless' at North Gwinnett High School, so it will be interesting to see what the coaches decide throughout spring camp and into the summer. Godfrey is an inside linebacker, if you're making me bank on it as of this moment.

Overall, Godfrey has all of the potential in the world to be a consistently good player at UK and spending time with veteran linebackers JJ Weaver, Keaten Wade, Trevin Wallace, D'Eryk Jackson, Luke Fulton and Martez Thrower, Godfrey will have plenty of leadership to drive him to success.


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