Jevonte Domond is en route to Baton Rouge.
Domond, a four-star junior college offensive tackle from Arizona who signed with LSU earlier this summer, graduated from Glendale Community College and is set to arrive Friday.
He’ll report with other members of the team Sunday. Preseason camp begins Monday.
Domond, 6-foot-6, 300-pounder, is listed as the No. 1 junior college player in Arizona and the 10th-best junior college offensive tackle in the nation, according to 24/7 Sports.
He originally committed to LSU as part of the 2015 class but that plan changed when LSU coaches studied his transcript, Domond said.
“I didn’t know I had the credits to graduate this year,” Domond said. “(Offensive line) coach (Jeff) Grimes and LSU’s staff looked at my transcripts and told me I could graduate this summer if I took a couple of classes.”
Domond took three classes over the summer and received his associate degree last week, he said.
Instead of returning to Glendale and graduating in December, Domond will spend this week en route to Louisiana. He drove from his Arizona home to a family residence in Texas on Monday. He’ll leave there Friday for Baton Rouge.
“It’s still a blur right now,” Domond said Tuesday. “Everything happened so quick.”
Domond said he hasn’t been promised a starting position. He’ll likely play tackle, but he’s open to playing guard as well, he said.
Domond is one of two members of LSU’s No. 2-ranked 2014 signing class who did not join the team this summer.
Defensive tackle Travonte Valentine, a four-star signee from Miami, had to complete summer course work and planned to enroll in August. He’s awaiting clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse, he told TigerBait.com.
‘Prank gone bad’
LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux’s arrest last week was a “prank gone bad,” said his high school coach at Plaquemine, Paul Distefano.
Godchaux was arrested Thursday on a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge stemming from an early morning July 21 incident in which firecrackers were thrown into a unit at LSU’s West Campus Apartments, causing a small fire that damaged a sofa.
Distefano texted with Godchaux on Monday.
“I don’t think he realized that it was going to turn into a media nightmare story,” Distefano said. “I’ve done worse a million times over. Prank gone bad. He didn’t hurt anybody. It’s not a good start (to his LSU career). He’s humbled by it. He’s going to be OK. He got caught up playing around.”
Godchaux was issued a misdemeanor citation.
The incident happened the same day in which fellow LSU defensive tackle Trey Lealaimafatafao punched through a window in the LSU weight room and severely cut his left arm. It’s unclear if the two incidents are related.
A day later, Lealaimatafao was arrested on a misdemeanor theft charge stemming from a July 1 incident during which surveillance video captured him taking a bicycle from the loading dock area of the library.
LSU coach Les Miles met with both players, and they will be disciplined internally, team spokesman Michael Bonnette said.
Distefano said he did not know Godchaux’s punishment.
The cases of Godchaux and Lealaimatafao will be referred to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office.