With offers from all of the other SEC powerhouses and all the major colleges across the south, Davon Godchaux is a very highly touted recruit. At 6'4" and 265 lbs., Godchaux provides a number of options across the line for any of those schools. Rumored LSU commit earlier in the summer, Godchaux made it official on Monday night when he committed to the Tigers.
Unfortunately for Godchaux, his senior season at Plaquemine was cut drastically short when he suffered a torn ACL and LCL in the first game. A focused and driven recruit, he put aside his college recruitment for a short time to focus on the surgery and his recovery plan for the coming months. While some coaches become a little leery of continuing to extend their offer to a player that suffers a season-ending injury, Les Miles' history of handling of these incidents paid dividends when Godchaux became enamored that LSU continued to recruit him just as hard following the injury. Once thought as a potential grade risk, Godchaux put a focus into the classroom as well that has given him the possibility of graduating early and getting to Baton Rouge earlier than expected.
But enough of his background right? Let's get into what LSU is getting with this Top 10 DE prospect.
What Are We Getting?
Davon Godchaux's Junior Highlights (via thatboiaro)
At first glance of the video, questions start to arise as to why he received such a high ranking from the various recruiting services. Once they start showing footage of him outside at DE later on in the video however, you see why he is so highly regarded. Combine that with glowing reports of his athleticism at camps over the summer and it becomes more clear that he is a solid defensive end. Playing at DT at 255-65 pounds, even in high school, is a little too light and you can see that in the film. He shows the strength that he has, but it becomes difficult to shed multiple blockers from an inside technique at that size. When he puts his hand down outside on the end, you get a better glimpse at what he brings from that position.
His injury, however, may change his future plans at LSU. While everyone that suffers a torn ACL now looks to what Adrian Peterson has done since his injury, not everyone can recover like he did. Am I say that Godchaux won't? No, but if I'm playing the odds, I would say his athleticism may be slightly affected by it. What that does though is give LSU the opportunity to add some weight to him and place him inside, which would then give him a solid shot at DT. Godchaux has the frame to add more weight and won't lose much athleticism from the weight gain.
I think his future will be at defensive tackle, but I won't throw away his chance to play at defensive end. If he can get up to 295-305, I could see him being a force. Michael Brockers was listed at 6'6" 306 lbs. at LSU before leaving following his redshirt sophomore season. While Godchaux doesn't have that height, I could see him as a Brockers-type defensive tackle with a little more ability to get after the quarterback.
Joining consensus four-star defensive end Deondre Clark, the duo gives LSU a solid start to adding even more youth to a young defensive line. With the potential of gaining instate recruits Gerald Willis and Garrald McDowell, along with the possibility of a late addition like Tashawn Bower last year, it looks like Brick Haley will once again have another solid class to mold into the lineage of successful LSU defensive linemen that have come through Baton Rouge. The Purple & Gold have reeled in another good one in what is shaping up to be a stellar 2014 class.