Tulane Recruiting Notebook

Tulane added 11 commitments since our last installment of this segment (mid-June). Read further to get an overview of Green Wave recruiting as we near the end of summer.

Tulane was on fire in late June, as head coach Curtis Johnson and his staff reeled in an eye-popping 10 verbal commitments over a span of 11 days (June 18-to-29).

A pair of O.P. Walker products - OLB Lyn Clark and DL Corey Smith - were nice additions. Clark, who has since added offers from Purdue and Marshall, quickly assumed a primary leadership role among the commits.

The 6-7, 245-pound Smith passed on BCS offers to pick Tulane. Schools such as Miami and Arkansas wanted Smith as an offensive lineman. Although Smith is expected to man a DE spot in college, he actually spent more time at defensive tackle than end last year.

Analysts were surprised that Belle Chasse LB Quinlan Carroll didn't pick up much early BCS interest, at least in terms of offers. Minnesota offered Carroll, who committed to Tulane on June 22. He is cousins with several prospects at different local schools, including Corey Smith and Duke Riley (John Curtis Christian).

Chris Taylor, a 300-pound offensive lineman from 5A Zachary, has a stellar reputation among some analysts. He's probably destined for offensive guard or center due to his height (6-2). Taylor has the build of a great defensive tackle.

West Saint John DE Eric Bell creates instant mismatches at the line of scrimmage in Class A. The 6-3, 250-pounder is highly intelligent. He hopes to pace the Rams to the state finals. West Saint John was runner-up to 15-0 Ouachita Christian last year. Bell and the Rams ventured from the River Parishes to Abbeville in the semifinals, where West Saint John defeated previously-unbeaten Vermilion Catholic in a high-scoring marathon.

DT Antonio McGhee from Parkway HS switched his commitment from Louisiana Tech to Tulane. McGhee had a plethora of early offers headlined by Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon State and South Carolina. Early during his recruitment, McGhee was listed at 6-2, although he's apparently closer to 6-0. His coach at Bossier City-based Parkway is David Feaster, who is primarily known as an offensive guru.

Local CBs Parry Nickerson (West Jefferson) and Richard Allen (John Curtis) were each awarded offers following camp in late June. Nickerson promptly jumped on the offer (on June 28), while Allen announced for Tulane on July 9. Allen ran a 4.38 at the New Orleans Armour Combine a couple of years ago. That time wasn't far behind Jeryl Brazil (4.35), who is easily the fastest player in the state.

Tulane was on the verge of landing two more John Curtis Patriots - RB Sherman Badie and the aforementioned Riley - but things fell through when the Green Wave decided to delay a decision on Badie. In response, Riley backed off Tulane, although he later reconsidered.

Can the Green Wave leapfrog Ole Miss and TCU, the two programs that seem to have the inside track with Riley? LSU might leap all the others in a single bound if the Tigers offer Riley, who made his presence felt in Baton Rouge earlier this month at camp. Head coach Les Miles met with both Riley and Badie (who are pictured below) and while Miles didn't offer, he did talk about it. According to Riley, Miles expressed a desire to sign both Badie (right in pic) and himself.

Badie was reportedly set to commit to Tulane once again after Allen announced earlier this month, but things fell through for a second time. Badie hasn't talked about Tulane (or his recruitment) recently, but he said a ton without speaking a word by clocking a 4.30 in the 40 at LSU camp this month. Riley ran a 4.49 at LSU with a 4.52 at TCU. He had a 4.2 shuttle at TCU.

It seems like Ole Miss and TCU are the teams to beat for Riley, who was in Oxford several days ago to camp with the Rebels. Fortunately, for Green Wave fans, Riley - at least for the moment - is putting a decision on hold. After feeling the pressure from several schools to go ahead and issue a commitment, Riley had a sit-down with legendary John Curtis head coach J.T. Curtis. Since that meeting early last week, Riley has felt more relaxed. While a decision might come in the near future, Riley is leaning towards waiting things out.

By all accounts, the early word was that Tulane would take a small 2013 class (capped off at 16). With the commitment list sitting at 17, there's much speculation about the number of players that Johnson and the staff will sign.

There's chatter that the class is full, although it's believed that room will be made for Riley and/or McDonogh #35 OL Kenneth Santa Marina. On the flip side, there's quite a few people who feel that Tulane will sign anywhere from 18 to a full class (25).

The Green Wave will monitor the progress of a trio of local 2014 QBs: Donovan Isom (Destrehan), Quentin Gibson (Archbishop Shaw) and Raymond Crochet. Moreover, '14 Westlake signal-caller Tyler Johnson informed yesterday that he is also getting a good look from the staff.

Isom, Gibson and Crochet all camped with Tulane last month.

Another '14 prospect, OL Hunter Perrin (Hahnville), said he's feeling the most love from the Green Wave. Perrin might not have quite the upside of Florida State commit Ryan Hoefeld (Brother Martin), but he's a solid player with a terrific work ethic.

'15 WR Albert Smith from Destrehan got noticed in a big way at Tulane camp. He should haul in a large amount of catches this fall from Isom, the previously-mentioned 2014 QB. The 6-4, 230-pound Isom has a cannon. He'll also be a dangerous scrambler due his power and athleticism.

Tulane has already offered three underclassmen (two 2014 and one 2015 prospect) from John Curtis, and 2014 DB Mattrell McGraw might be next. McGraw and Prine Lewis, another Curtis '14 DB, are both very good. The Patriots also have two top-shelf RBs in that class: Raekwon James and George Moreira.

Stay tuned as we'll regularly review Tulane recruiting in the future via this segment, Next time we'll take a look at some out-of-state commits (Nico Marley and Reginald Bell among them) and much more.

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