BATON ROUGE, La. — Don’t bother trying to get in touch with LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux. He won’t get back to you.
Godchaux is in the middle of his second consecutive hyper-productive season, with 46 tackles — 5.5 of which for loss — and 4.5 sacks to his name. This production has generated a sizable amount of buzz around Godchaux’s potential to move onto the NFL after this season.
But right now, that’s the furthest thing from his mind.
“I’m just focusing on the game and focusing on what I’ve got to do,” Godchaux said. “I haven’t thought about it. Everybody’s asking me the question. But I’m just focusing on listening to [defensive line coach] Pete Jenkins and Coach O.”
The 6-foot-4, 299-pound junior went on to explain that his perspective, and his playing style, have changed ever since he was arrested in late September on misdemeanor charges that were later dropped. He doesn’t know what sparked this, but he said that since then, all he can focus on has been the task at hand.
So, even when his friends and family call him up to ask about the future, he gives a response that would make his coaches proud. If he even picks up at all.
“I don’t answer the phone. Don’t answer the text,” he said. “People are just asking me. Like, my auntie called me this morning. She was just asking things and I’m like ‘I’m not focusing on that. I’m focusing on Florida this week.'”
What’s at stake?
Scouts and evaluators are mixed on Godchaux’s NFL readiness, but nearly everyone agrees that Godchaux would be drafted if he declared today.
ESPN.com’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Godchaux as the No. 10 draft-eligible defensive tackle in this year’s class. WalterFootball.com ranks Godchaux higher, placing him as its No. 6 DT and giving him a grade anywhere between the late first and early third rounds. CBSSports.com isn’t as confident in Godchaux, giving him a fourth or fifth round grade, but still grading him as the No. 15 DT prospect.
That said, there could be significant value in sticking it out for one more year. LSU fans saw this with the likes of Kendell Beckwith and Tre’Davious White this year, who stayed for their senior years and improved their draft stock as a result.
This Saturday is “Senior Night,” where LSU will honor those men playing their last games at Tiger Stadium. Whether Godchaux should be counted on that list is still unknown.
“I haven’t really decided,” he said.