Blouin Commits to Tulane

Tulane recently added its fifth commitment in the 2011 recruiting class when Dutchtown quarterback Leon Blouin chose the Green Wave. Blouin and the Griffins are undergoing a drastic change in offensive philosophy this year, switching from a conventional Wing-T to a wide-open spread attack. What does Blouin think about the new offense? How solid is his verbal to Tulane?

Tulane recruiting has taken off over the past few weeks, with the Green Wave adding all seven commitments since the tail end of June, and one of the most recent verbals for head coach Bob Toledo and his staff came from Dutchtown QB Leon Blouin.

"I went to Tulane's camp and their coaches liked what they saw," said Blouin. "They offered me after the camp and then last week, I visited the campus and saw all the facilities - the campus and the locker room and everything.

"Tulane is changing its offense to more of a gun and that defines my game. I'm more comfortable in the shotgun than under center. I'm a dual-threat quarterback and while I can stay in the pocket, I prefer to move around."

Until now, Blouin has directed a Wing-T offense at Dutchtown, but the Griffins plan to open things up in 2010.

"We're going to more of a spread with a zone read," Blouin said. "Our offense will be very similar to what Florida runs, with a lot of spread option. Coach (Benny) Saia made the switch on offense because the Wing-T wasn't helping me. I have a good arm and can run, but I was just handing the ball off all the time.

"We'll still have a fullback to go along with (RB) Effrem Reed. Effrem is a great teammate who I look up to. He's a leader both on and off the field and there's no one that I'd rather be in the backfield with. We've been playing football together since we were five years old and we have chemistry with each other."

Blouin, who plans to major in mechanical engineering, is excited about getting his collegiate choice out of the way prior to the start of his senior season.

"It feels really good not to have to worry about recruiting any longer. My verbal is solid to Tulane. Now, I can concentrate on the season and just perform on the field. Tulane is taking two quarterbacks in this class, one from New Jersey (Nick SanGiacomo) and myself."

Blouin and the Griffins return almost their entire offense from a team that entered the 5A playoffs as the No. 8 seed in 2009.

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