Santa Marina staying home

The country's 18th-ranked senior offensive guard elected to stay local when he committed to the Tulane Green Wave...

Kenneth Santa Marina has close ties to the Tulane community.

"Most of my family went to Tulane," the massive McDonogh #35 offensive lineman said. "Coach Jason Rollins is a good recruiter and it's close to home.

"I'm taking my official visit on January 18th. Tulane fans should look forward to an good upcoming season next year. I'm going to come in there and do my best to try and dominate like I did in high school."

Santa Marina capped off a stellar career at McDonogh #35 by leading the Roneagles to the Class 4A semis last month.

"We had a great year," he said, noting it was the deepest playoff run in school history.

After garnering a preseason No. 4 ranking statewide, the Roneagles were up-and-down during the regular season before turning on the jets in the playoffs.

Santa Marina and his teammates were seeded 21st out of 32 teams in the 4A bracket. Undaunted, they eliminated three higher-seeds -- No. 5 Salmen, No. 12 East Jefferson and No. 4 Teurlings Catholic -- before finally getting ousted by No. 1 Neville.

Santa Marina is acquainted with some of the current Green Wave commits and players.

"Devin Powell told me it's great at Tulane," he said of the true frosh quarterback. "He said it's a great program. I know (commits) Lyn Clark, Corey Smith and Brandon Godfrey."

Tulane is looking to Godfrey to possibly fill the center position.

Similar to Godfrey, Santa Marina can play multiple positions on the o-line. He's projected as an offensive guard but the Green Wave staff sees him outside.

"They want me at left tackle," the 6-6, 330-pounder said. "I pretty much go with the flow on the field. I'm versatile and try to do everything well."

Santa Marina was named All-New Orleans Area and All-State for three straight years. He played right tackle as a senior.

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