"I committed on Saturday the 15th," said Ardoin, a 6-6, 220-pounder from central Louisiana. "Coach Neu was extremely happy. He told me to let C.J. (head coach Curtis Johnson) know before he left on a cruise, so I called Coach Johnson."
Ardoin described the reaction from Johnson, who offered the senior (2014) in late March.
"Coach C.J. was excited and said he can't wait until I get there," Ardoin recounted. "He said my class has special prospects who will help make Tulane a better program."
Ardoin spelled out the reasons behind his decision.
"After seeing other schools of interest," he began, "I was aware that Tulane only had two tight ends on the depth chart, and that was a huge factor in pulling me there.
"Also, in Tulane's offense, I will be utilized as a pass-catcher more than a blocker, because they plan to split me out wide and spread out the offense."
Ardoin's parents were pleased.
"They agreed that I should commit because a degree from Tulane enables you to get a good job, no matter your major," he explained.
Ardoin can now loosen his belt a notch or two and relax from the recruiting grind while, at the same time, he ramps up the motor in preparation for his senior campaign at Ville Platte.
"There's a lot of stress off my shoulders and relief," he pointed out. "I don't have to worry about any more offers."
Ardoin said Tulane fans should know that he's "really, really ready to get there."