"He's excited about getting me there and really explained things regarding the official," said Brandon Godfrey, who visits the Green Wave this weekend.
"Coach McDonell thinks I can make an immediate impact. The numbers are very limited on the offensive line with four good ones coming in with the 2013 recruiting class."
The topics discussed yesterday were both varied and far-ranging.
"Most of what we talked about wasn't about football," said Godfrey, ranked 35th nationally among senior center prospects. "My parents really liked the visit.
"Coach McDonell isn't strictly about football. We talked about academics, and he reiterated how excited they are to have me at Tulane. Coach said C.J. (head coach Curtis Johnson) wants to help mold us into the best person we can be."
Godfrey has two fields of study in mind.
"I'm thinking of majoring in either mechanical engineering or accounting," he said. "Job opportunities are sky-high with a prestigious Tulane degree.
"C.J.'s plan is to graduate all of his players. He really wants to get everyone graduated."
Godfrey has already cemented his relationship with McDonell.
"Coach McDonell is a really cool guy -- and a players' coach -- that has coached NFL players," the 6-4, 280-pounder said. "He coached (NFL center) Jeff Faine and said my film is as good as anybody's he has seen. "
Godfrey is one of four John Curtis seniors committed to the Green Wave.
"The Tulane coaches want players who can come in and win," he said, "and they're really excited about getting four from Curtis."