Monday, June 17, 2013
OL/DL camp: ESPN 300 DE earns Tide offer
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- ESPN 300 defensive end Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine) made a third trip to the University of Alabama over the weekend for the Crimson Tide’s OL/DL camp. It was his best trip yet.
The 6-foot-4, 271-pound Godchaux was one of the standouts at the one-day camp. Afterwards, UA head coach Nick Saban met with him in his office and offered a scholarship. Saban said he still wants to check on his grades, but based on what he had seen on film and at the camp, it was enough to warrant an offer.
When Godchaux will release his top five at the end of the summer, and he says Alabama will be on it.
"At Alabama, they have nice facilities,” he said. “Coach Saban, of course, and with what they’ve done with their program, it’s run well. They’re winning championships. Tuscaloosa is a great place to be around -- the fans, the players -- it’s great to be around that.”
Godchaux last visited UA for the Tide’s spring game in April.
At the camp, he learned a lot of new techniques and impressed the coaches during the 1-on-1s with his ability to get to the quarterback.
“Coach [Kirby] Smart said that I can be an impact player when I come in because Alabama needs pass rushers,” Godchaux said. “That’s something that they don’t have. That’s something that they need, and he wants me to come there.
“I talked to Coach [Chris] Rumph, the defensive line coach, and he said they really liked me. He said Coach Saban really liked me and that I did great at camp. I already knew that I was going to do great at the camp. It was just how the coaches were going to react.”
Godchaux plans to visit both Florida and Florida State next week. The Louisiana native doesn’t have an offer from LSU yet, but he wants to return to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama-LSU game in November. He’s set to graduate in January and enroll early.
Bama offers ‘little’ Warmack
Chance Warmack was a three-star coming out of high school. He went on to become an All-SEC offensive lineman for Alabama and was taken in the first round of this past April’s NFL draft. On Saturday, his little brother Dallas Warmack visited UA for the Tide’s camp.
“The camp went good,” Dallas said. “There were kids from all around the country there today. I talked to Coach [Mario] Cristobal. I worked the drills with him, and he taught me techniques that Alabama did. I just like the feel at Alabama.”
After the camp, Dallas met with Saban who extended a scholarship offer to the 2015 prospect.
“I was excited,” he said. “Because when they offered my brother, they told him the same thing.”
After he walked out of Saban’s office, the younger Warmack called his older brother Chance to tell him the news. Chance, who’s now with the Tennessee Titans, gave him sound advice about the recruiting process but said he wouldn’t push him to Alabama.
“He just told me to keep my head up and my mind open to everything that’s going to happen,” Dallas said. “He just said to keep my head up and focus.”
Alabama and Georgia have both offered the 6-foot-1, 295-pound rising junior. He was scheduled to visit Auburn on Sunday.
Tide commit dominates camp
When defensive tackle O.J. Smith (Bossier City, La./Airline) committed to Alabama last month, he was mostly unknown to the recruiting world. At Saturday’s OL/DL camp, he showed why the UA staff put faith in him to begin with.
“It went pretty good,” Smith said. “We did 1-on-1s, and then we learned a whole bunch of stuff about technique. I did great. I think I had like seven or eight sacks in a row.”
Before the camp, the coaches told Smith to get to work. Afterwards, the two sides didn’t get a chance to talk, but he plans to return to Tuscaloosa in the near future. Saturday also marked the first time he’d visited UA as a commitment.
“It felt great,” he said. “Last time I was there, I didn’t see a lot of stuff, but I’ve seen everything. I think I’m going back soon to talk to all the guys. That should be good.”
Smith debuted at No. 211 in the new ESPN 300 rankings, which were released Monday.