ATHENS — After debating whether to enter his name into the NFL draft, Georgia receiver Terry Godwin has opted against it.
The junior announced on his Instagram page Monday afternoon that he will return for his final season at Georgia. The post came less than an hour before the 4 p.m. deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft.
Godwin was not considered a major NFL prospect this time around, mainly due to his size (5-foot-11 and 185 pounds), but his speed and pass-catching ability would have given him a chance to be drafted. He also has dabbled in punt returns during his three years at Georgia.
Georgia has lost two juniors to the draft: star inside linebacker Roquan Smith and defensive tackle Trenton Thompson. But Godwin joins junior cornerback Deandre Baker in electing to return for another year.
Junior center Lamont Gaillard also had been non-committal about his plans. There was no word on Gaillard’s status as of 15 minutes before the deadline.
Godwin has been Georgia’s second-leading receiver in each of his three seasons at Georgia. The leading receiver each of those seasons has departed (Malcolm Mitchell in 2015, Isaiah McKenzie in 2016 and Javon Wims this last season.) McKenzie was a junior who entered the draft; Mitchell and Wims were seniors.
The decision by Godwin means the team returns three likely starters at receiver: Godwin and rising juniors Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley. Riley had a strong performance in the National Championship Game after Wims left with a shoulder injury.
Godwin started in the title game, where he had 4 catches for 48 yards. He started in the Rose Bowl and had 5 catches for 51 yards.
And, of course, Godwin owns perhaps the most iconic moment from this Georgia season: His one-handed leaping catch at Notre Dame, which helped propel the Bulldogs to the win in South Bend.