Tulane holds verbals from four John Curtis Patriots now that Sherman Badie pledged his services to head coach Curtis Johnson.
"Tulane has been trying to pull me in," said Badie, who is ranked nationally at his position by FOX Sports Next. "They can really use me; I will fit in perfect with their offense. Coach (Jason) Rollins is recruiting me as an athlete.
"I'm happy. Tulane is the right place for me. My family is really proud of me. Tulane is where they wanted me to go. I made my mind up on Sunday. I was laying down thinking about where I'd best fit in, and Tulane seemed to be the strongest of my offers."
The Green Wave added a pledge last week from Curtis MLB Eric Thomas. Several months ago, Curtis offensive lineman Brandon Godfrey and cornerback Richard Allen pulled the trigger in favor of Tulane.
"That made me want to come to Tulane," Badie said of joining his teammates in uptown New Orleans for college. "Duke Riley is a close friend and I think we're most likely going to get him, too.
"I just called Duke. He asked what I was doing, and I told him I just committed to Tulane. He says he doesn't know what he wants to do."
Curtis is ranked second in the nation with the playoffs on deck this week. The 9-0 Patriots, seeded first in Class 2A, face No. 32 Pope John Paul II of Slidell in the first round this Friday at Muss Bertolino Stadium in Kenner.
"Pope John Paul's defense looks pretty good on film," Badie said. "They use six or seven down linemen much of the time. We have to play well because they are good and capable of stopping our offense."
Badie had a parting message for Tulane fans.
"I want to come in and help change the program around," he said.
The senior leads Curtis in rushing with 459 yards on 46 carries and eight touchdowns. He led the Patriots in rushing as a junior, as well. The 5-11 1/2, 210-pounder had a season-high 94 yards on 10 carries with three touchdowns in Curtis' week two rout of Tampa Plant.
Last year, Badie gained 1,239 yards rushing with 19 touchdowns as the Patriots completed a perfect (14-0) season. He averaged 14.24 yards per carry.