Monday, September 30, 2013
LSU lands ESPN 300 DE Godchaux
By Derek Tyson
LSU may have suffered a tough loss at Georgia on Saturday, but the Tigers had a big win in recruiting Monday night as four-star defensive end Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine) gave his verbal commitment to head coach Les Miles.
The ESPN 300 member chose the home-state Tigers over offers from Alabama, Florida State, Miami Florida, Ole Miss, Texas, Tennessee and many others.
Several media outlets reported the news of Godchaux's commitment, but he later confirmed his decision via text message.
"Yes sir," his text read. "I'm a Tiger baby!"
Godchaux becomes only the second defensive line commit for the Tigers, joining Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass). The No. 216th-ranked player in the country has the athleticism to play end, but at 6-foot-4, 271 pounds he certainly has the potential to move inside on the next level.
In fact, his ESPN scouting report said he could play multiple positions at LSU.
"How Godchaux further physically develops and the type of scheme he plays in will determine how he best fits at the next level," the ESPN scouting report reads. "At this stage it looks like his more ideal fit will be a 5-technique in a base 3-4 front and if he plays in a system that utilizes a four-man front will likely end up developing into and fitting best as a DT. Prospect with good size and some good tools to work with, but a redshirt could greatly benefit him to allow him to better maximize his strengths as a player."
The Tigers, who currently have the 11th-ranked recruiting class in the country, now stand at 15 commitments including an impressive 10 in the ESPN 300.
LSU is still in the running for several top recruits including the No. 1-ranked player in the country, Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine), and ESPN 300 members Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville), Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and his teammate Gerald Willis III. With a strong finish, LSU could certainly challenge Alabama for the No. 1 recruiting class.