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Green Devils' Godchaux gets scholarship offer from Alabama

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Plaquemine's Davon Godchaux celebrates a sack against Livonia in the spring game. Godchaux received a scholarship offer from Alabama on Saturday. 
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PLAQUEMINE - College scholarship offers continue to roll in for Plaquemine defenisve lineman Davon Godchaux.

Alabama became the 26th school to offer the 6-foot-5, 275-pound senior-to-be.

"In the recruiting process, you have to look at all of your options," Godchaux said. "An opportunity like this isn't given to everybody. You have to work hard for it and sacrifice a lot of things."

The Crimson Tide offered Godchaux a scholarship while he was at their offensive/defensive lineman camp following Rivals showcases in Houston and Chicago.

Godchaux registered 60 tackles including 16 for loss and 9.5 sacks in an All-State campaign a year ago and is focused now more than ever at approaching each play like it is the last.

"That is definitely something I think I got better at," Godchaux said. "This year, that won't be a factor. I am putting my team first. I want to win a playoff game and make a run."

The Green Devils were the District 6-4A runners-up last season under coach Paul Distefano, who enters his second season at the helm of the program, with a 5-1 mark and finished 6-5 overall after falling to Breaux Bridge in the first round. Plaquemine hasn't won a playoff game since 2004.

"The fact that Alabama has won three out of the last four National Championships, it is the cake of all offers," Distefano said. "There are a lot of opportunities still. He still has a lot of options."

Rivals rates Godchaux as the nation's No. 151 recruit in the Class of 2014. He is listed 10th among Louisiana recruits and is the state's No. 2 defensive lineman prospect behind Edna Karr's Gerald Willis.

Godchaux maintains a 3.2 grade point average, has met the NCAA's academic qualifying standards and plans to graduate in December before enrolling at the college of his choice in January.

The most heraled recruit from Plaquemine since Brian Mitchell, an NFL All-Pro return specialist who starred at quarterback for Louisiana-Lafayette, Godchaux will continue to showcase his skills through the summer beginning with Florida and Florida State this week.

Among the other schools that have offered Godchaux are Florida, Florida St., Southern Cal, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, TCU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Washington State, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Miami (FL), Tulane, Central Florida and Southern. LSU is not yet on the list.

"They haven't made an official offer, yet," Distefano said. "I don't know if they have a need for the D-Line."

Godchaux will also visit camps at UCLA and LSU. He would like to commit by December and hopes to find the right fit that allows him to contribute immediately. He regularly checks recruiting websites to see who has committed, inspects the latest depth charts studies academic programs.

"I want to make an impact," Godchaux said. "Being in a six or eight-man rotation and winning ball games and championships is important.

"I don't have a favorite right now. I am still open to anyone. I will have a tough time but I am going to be happy no matter what."