Plaquemine's Godchaux gets scholarship offer from LSU

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Plaquemine's Davon Godchaux takes a breather in the Class 4A playoffs against Breaux Bridge last season. Godchaux was offered a scholarship by LSU on June 19. 
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PLAQUEMINE - It has been quite a week for Plaquemine defensive lineman Davon Godchaux.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound senior-to-be was offered a football scholarship to LSU on June 19, just four days after receiving an offer from another Southeastern Conference power and defending national champion Alabama.

Godchaux, who is closing in on 30 offers, said he was waiting to see what would happen with LSU.

"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 Tigers became the 27th school to offer Godchaux a scholarship. Alabama, winner of three out of the last four national titles offered July 15. He has SEC offers from Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Other top programs that have offered Godchaux include Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Southern California, Nebraska, Texas, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, TCU, UCLA, Washington State, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, UCLA, Louisina Tech and Southern.

Godchaux registered 60 tackles including 16 for loss and 9.5 sacks in an All-State campaign a year ago.

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.

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.

LSU, which currently has six 2014 committments from outside the state of Louisiana,  received their first defensive line comittment Monday night with Deondre Clark, an Oklahoma City defensive end rated the top prospect in Oklahoma and No. 54 overall. He is rated the No. 6 strongside defensive end prospect.

Godchaux is rated the No. 11 strongside defensive end behind Willis at No. 5. He 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.

Godchaux has said he plans to comitt in December to the team that is the right fit and will allow 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 has 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."