Commitment Total Reaches Eight

Coach Bob Toledo and his staff continue to reel in pledges from college prospects to bring the Green Wave's commitment total to eight. Over the past week or so, Tulane has received commitments from trio prospective athletes.

The most recent commitment is from New Orleans-Jesuit defensive tackle Shane Delery (6-4, 255, 4.96). Delery told TI why he chose Tulane. "Definitely, the academics put it over the top. It's like two hundred fifty grand in education and that ultimately why I am going." Delery continued, "… and to play football, it's great. I love New Orleans, I've lived here my whole life."

As a junior, Delery recorded 80 tackles, 12 sacks, 5 pass breakups, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 forced fumbles, earning 1st Team All-District 10-5A honors. He currently benches 385 pounds and squats 435 pounds. Delery is academically qualified with a 2.75 core grade point average and a 22 on the ACT. He is the second player from Jesuit to commit to Tulane joining running back Payten Jason.

Offensive lineman Hunter Howden (6-5, 285) from Lumberton, Texas, told TI he told Coach Toledo of his intentions last Tuesday or Wednesday. Howden added, "The coaching staff was awesome. You get a first class degree and the campus was great."

As a junior, Howden was named all-district (Class 4A), all-area, and all-state by He currently benches 360 pounds, squats 500 pounds, and has a 300 pound power clean. Probably his most impressive measurable is his 4.55 short shuttle which is outstanding for an offensive lineman. He also held offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, Central Arkansas, and McNeese State. Howden was also receiving interest from Oklahoma State, Arizona, and SMU. He is academically qualified.

The third commitment is from running back Stephen Barnett (5-11, 188, 4.47) from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. Barnett is a four-year starter who rushed for 1,205 yards and 15 touchdowns on 138 carries (8.7 yards per carry) as a junior. He also held offers from East Carolina and Navy. Barnett is academically qualified with a 3.2 grade point average and an 1180 on the SAT.

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