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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Academics big subject for 2014 DE

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- For most players at junior days, the talk of their football futures is what gets them excited.

For one top 2014 defensive end, LSU's "Boys from the Boot" junior day had his attention for another reason.

"One thing I really enjoyed hearing about and talking about was academics," said Davon Godchaux, a defensive end from Plaquemine, La., who was one of the players who earned the honor of being invited to the junior day that serves as something of an orientation to the recruiting process for Louisiana's top players."That's something I was really interested in, was hearing about what the NCAA requirements were, what I needed to do on the ACT, and all that."

Godchaux, who said he sports a 3.4 grade point average, said he learned a lot from the event about how to best prepare for standardized tests and proper course work to take going forward to meet NCAA requirements. He also seems armed with an understanding of what it's going to take to start getting big-time offers.

Blessed with length and a frame that can carry major college weight, Godchaux said he's beginning to hear from major programs like Notre Dame, Kansas State and Texas A&M, though he does not sport an offer yet. Being one of 22 players invited to LSU's junior day sort of confirms for Godchaux that the interest and offers will start coming.

"What I'm going to do now is start going to some camps," he said. "I want to try to make camps at Alabama and Texas A&M and definitely LSU," he said.

Godchaux made first team, Class 4A all-state as a junior, picking up 60 tackles, including 16 for loss and 9.5 sacks for a 4A playoff team.

"I had an awesome junior year," he said. "In my senior year, I just want to dominate and show colleges what I can do."