At peace: Green Devils' Godchaux inks with LSU

Plaquemine's Davon Godchaux is surrounded by coaches following his football scholarship signing to LSU on National Signing Day Wednesday morning at the school field house. From left, Peter Villia, Scott Allen, Cory Alleman, Godchaux, Plaquemine head football coach Paul Distefano, John Barbee and Hunter Markins.  
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PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine Senior High School's Davon Godchaux made his intentions to play football at LSU official on Wednesday morning in the school's field house.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive lineman had many guessing but despite his apparel which included a blue polo shirt, the hat he choose was purple and gold.

"This has been an exciting process but I am glad it is over with," Godchaux said making his announcement in front of friends, family, teammates, coaches, dignitaries and media. "I would like to thank all the coaching staffs that have recruited me but for the next four years, I will be attending LSU."

Godchaux earned Class 4A All-State first-team honors as a junior after recording 60 tackles including 16 for loss and 9.5 sacks. He then received football scholarship offers from nearly 30 schools and hoped to announce his decision in December.

But during the Green Devils' first game of the season at East Ascension, he tore his ACL and MCL in the first quarter ending his senior campaign almost before it started. Shortly after, he committed to LSU.

However, as recruiting season heated up, Godchaux decided to take official visits to other schools which prompted some to question the move despite his reiteration that he remained committed.

"I just explored my options and took all five of my visits but LSU was always the leader," Godchaux said. "I want to win a national championship here at home and I have a great bond with the coaches and players there.

"A lot of people stuck by me so that wasn't a big factor, It was a very hard process but now I can just focus on rehab and getting ready to play this season."

Godchaux took visits to Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss and UCLA and had offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Florida State, Miami, Southern California, Texas, Nebraska and others.

"I don't think he could have made a bad decision today," Plaquemine head football coach Paul Distefano said. "No matter what hat he put on, I am behind him 100 percent. This is a lifetime commitment for him and it is a great day for Plaquemine High School.

"I am extremely proud of the way he has handled this whole process. He has done it with dignity. He wanted to stay close to home and his family is very important to him so evidently, his heart was always with the Tigers. This was the most nervous I have ever seen him but he is at peace with his decision."

Godchaux is the son of Albertha Godchaux and Raynard Parker.

"It was his decision," Albertha Godchaux said. "All I wanted was for him to be comfortable wherever he went. I am glad he is close but even if he went somewhere else, we would have all got together and supported him as one big family."