Plaquemine’s Davon Godchaux commits to LSU

Monday was the first day of post-surgery physical therapy for Plaquemine High defensive lineman Davon Godchaux.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder offered a little therapy for LSU fans in the wake of last weekend’s loss to Georgia: Godchaux committed to the Tigers on Monday night.

“I just felt like LSU is where I need to be,” he said. “I can be close to my family. And (LSU coaches) have treated me like family. Other schools said they would stick with me, too. Committing to LSU is the right thing for me. (LSU coaches) also know I’m planning to take my official visits to other schools. I still want to take the visits.”

Godchaux, considered one of Louisiana’s top 10 prospects for 2014 and the No. 2 defensive lineman, suffered a season-ending knee injury during the first quarter of the Green Devils’ season opener Sept. 5 at East Ascension. He was a Class 4A all-state and all-metro performer as a junior.

The official visits to other schools Godchaux has lined up are Ole Miss, Southern California, UCLA, Miami and Florida State.

Before the injury, Gochaux had maintained he would wait until Dec. 28 to commit. He briefly toyed with the idea of committing Aug. 21, before going back to his original commitment date.

Since the injury, rumors about Godchaux committing had swirled, but the decision didn’t happen until Monday night.

“I called the (LSU) coaches to tell them about my decision about five or six minutes ago, and since then my phone has blown up,” Godchaux noted.

LSU and Alabama were among the schools that had offered Godchaux scholarships before this fall. Also in the mix were Florida, Florida State, USC, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, TCU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Arizona State and Washington State.

Godchaux faces six to eight months of rehab after tearing two ligaments, one of which was the ACL.

“Today it was mostly about stretching the knee out,” he said. “I plan to work hard every day.”