The former star
quarterback from Miami Central Senior High who broke Jacory Harris'
passing record, is leaving the University of Central Florida after
following his breakout freshman season with a sophomore slump.
Jeffrey Godfrey, who had requested a release from his scholarship,
can transfer to any school that is not in the Conference USA or the
Big East, says Miami New Times columnist Luther Campbell, who
mentored Godfrey when the kid played little league football and
starred at Miami Central, where he passed for more than 7,000 yards.
"I just got off the phone with his dad," Campbell says. "He is the process of finishing up the semester and looking at other schools. He would prefer to come to the University of Miami. The question is would Al Golden want him?"
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Miami New Times's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Miami's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Last year, Godfrey led the UCF Knights to a Conference USA championship and a Liberty Bowl win over Georgia. But this season, the team posted a 5-7 record and Godfrey struggled with Coach George O'Leary's demands to stay in the pocket instead of scrambling under pressure. He was inconsistent leading the offense.
The UCF athletic program was also rocked by scandal. Miami native and former Orange Bowl committee executive Keith Tribble resigned as the school's athletic director following allegations that he violated NCAA rules when he attempted to provide an "improper inducement to the mother of a prospective student-athlete," as well as giving false and misleading information to NCAA investigators.
The Hurricanes have been actively recruiting two-sport star David Thompson from Westminster Christian, who has committed to the University of Miami, where he expects to play football and baseball.