With action on special teams as part of the return units, and some kickoff duties, Godhigh was able to see the field. At times, he was able to work into the offensive rotation at A-back, but he has only carried the ball twice in his career — both in lopsided wins over Kansas and Western Carolina.
Godhigh’s opportunities could be increasing this fall, though. On Georgia Tech’s depth chart coming out of spring practice, he was listed alongside redshirt sophomore Deon Hill as an option to start opposite Orwin Smith at A-Back.
“I like it,” Godhigh said. “I love challenges, and I’m up for this being the year that I could get on the field. And the first time I get on the field, it could be against someone like Virginia Tech, so I’m ready. I’ve been working all summer. I’m just ready to get to it once camp starts.”
The 5-foot-7, 188-pound Godhigh might not fit the build of a typical Division I running back, but that’s a stigma he’s fought ever since he played at Harrison.
“I’ve been hearing that really my whole life, so I don’t listen to it really,” he said. “For me, it’s motivation to prove them wrong because I love doing what I do. It just makes it that much better when I do succeed.”
While at Harrison, Godhigh was the Hoyas’ offensive leader, and he even saw some time on defense and special teams.
Godhigh said “there were very few” plays that he didn’t get on the field in high school.
But his opportunity to play trailed off significantly as soon as he came to Georgia Tech as a walk-on in the fall of 2009. He chose the chance at playing his way onto the team at Tech over scholarship offers from Furman, Georgia Southern, Western Carolina and Wofford, which he had verbally committed to at one point. He likely would have been able to start right away, or at least be given a better shot to play.
While those offers from the Football Championship Subdivision teams did give Godhigh something to think about, it didn’t get in his way of choosing to go to school in Atlanta.
While Godhigh said he has had a few second thoughts, he doesn’t regret his decision to be a Yellow Jacket, even if he’s had to work for it.
“It will all be worth it for me,” said Godhigh, who was given a scholarship by Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson prior to the 2011 season. “(Starting) is not really that big of a deal to me. I believe that I made the right decision.
“(My career) is really my driving force — what keeps me here every day going back to when I was a senior in high school and I made the decision to come here. That’s been my driving force the entire time.”
Even if football doesn’t work out, Godhigh may have found a second calling.
The management major has spent the summer working with the DeKalb County Police Department, patrolling with other officers on duty.
“Being in the FBI is probably something I’ve been interested in since middle school,” he said. “My dad is a police officer, so I’ve just been around it, and it’s something that’s been interesting to me. … It started out as wanting to be a police officer, then went into the FBI.”
Although Godhigh wants to get into law enforcement, his father, Robert, a DeKalb Police officer, has tried talking his son out of it, but to no avail.
“(My mother) doesn’t want me to do it either,” Godhigh said. “She’s against it. She says, ‘You don’t want to do it. It’s dangerous,’ — stuff like that. But I like the thrill.”
Godhigh said he has already seen his fair share of thrills while doing ridealongs.
“I’ve seen everything,” he said. “We’ve been on high-peed chases, burglaries in progress, just everything. (On burglaries), I just stay in the car. I don’t get out.”