Tulane Reaps Bountiful Harvest From First Weekend

Tulane Reaps Bountiful Harvest From First Weekend

The first big weekend of official visits has come and gone and Chris Scelfo and Company reaped a bountiful recruiting harvest, snaring verbal commitments Sunday from six of the weekend's visitors. Tulane is believed to now have a total of ten verbal commitments

The first big weekend of official visits has come and gone and Chris Scelfo and Company reaped a bountiful recruiting harvest, snaring verbal commitments Sunday from six of the weekend's visitors. Tulane is believed to now have a total of ten verbal commitments.

The first five commitments Sunday came from outside linebacker Michael McCabe, 6'4 250, from Kentwood (La) Jewell Sumner; offensive tackle Tom Danel, 6'8 294, Hammond (La) St. Thomas Aquinas High School; Slidell (La) High School, running back/outside linebacker Matt Forte, 6'1 220; Slidell (La) Northshore High School defensive end Julian Sams Houston (Tx) Jersey Village running back Adeboye Tuyo, 5'11 190, (Ade, for short).

Michael Parenton, 6'3 287, from Thibodaux (La) E.D. White High School was the Green Wave's sixth commitment. Sources close to the Parenton family said Sunday that Mike returned home after his visit and considered the matter for a couple of hours before phoning Tulane head coach Chris Scelfo and informing him that he had decided to commit.

Parenton had received some recruiting interest from Florida but apparently became concerned that when National Signing Day dawned, the Gators would not have a scholarship for him and decided to follow the maxim about the value of the bird in the hand versus that of the two in the bush.

But the six Sunday commitments weren't all the action in Tulane recruiting over the past seven days. Prior to the weekend, the Green Wave picked up a verbal commitment from Dallas (Tx) David Carter High School defensive end Ryan Johnson, 6'4 240.

While Johnson, a very highly regarded prospect, may still need to improve his core GPA/test score combination, he apparently has already come a long way academically this fall, because at the beginning of the school year the near unaminous opinion of the recruiting analyst community was that Ryan Johnson was JUCO-bound. Since it would be very difficult for a non-qualifier to transfer credits to Tulane from a JUCO, the conclusion that Tulane stayed on Johnson when many college recruiters dropped off, betting on the possibility that his academics would improve enough for Tulane to handle is inescapable.

It's also inescapable from a Tulane perspective that if Ryan Johnson was in such really bad shape academically as to require him to go to a JUCO, Tulane would not have been recruiting him.

There is a school of thought in the recruiting analyst community which feels that if Johnson's academic status was known back last summer to be what it seems to be now; then he would have been ranked among the pre-season Top 10-15 players in Texas.

Johnson's coach at Carter High School is Allen Wilson, formerly the head coach at Tyler (Tx) John Tyler High School. When last we heard of Allen Wilson he was sitting at the lunch counter at Sweet Sue's Family Restaurant, 3350 S SW Loop 323 in Tyler, waiting for the waitress to bring his daily blue plate special.

While at John Tyler, Allen Wilson saw five of his players - Floyd Dorsey, Cletus McGee, Tommy Griffin, Donald Madlock and Will Blaylock - sign National letters of Intent with the Green Wave. Tulane assistant coach Trooper Taylor recruits both John Tyler and David Carter High Schools.

Tulane also received a verbal committment last week via the Dallas and Fort Worth daily newspapers when Arlington (Tx) Lamar High School safety Billy Skinner, 6'0 190, announced that he had verbally committed, apparently without discussion with Chris Scelfo. Skinner's status vis-a-vis Tulane seems ambigious, at best.

To further the confusion in Arlington, Skinner's teammate defensive tackle Adam Hill 6'1 280, was quoted in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as being ready to verbally commit to Tulane as soon as he obtains a qualifying test score. This is actually the first time that I've run across a public intent-to-commit statement picked up by the press.

Tulane's hot recruiting hand continued Monday morning when Edgard (La) West St. John High School quarterback Josh Lumar, 6'0 160, verbally committed. Lumar quarterbacked his team to the 2A State Championship in the Louisiana Superdome Friday night. Lumar's commitment could be the first of a series of dominos to fall as River Parish High School football sources report that Tulane continues to actively recruit a number of West St. John and River Parish recruits, including the two highly regarded LSU verbal commitments from West St. John: offensive tackle Tyson Jackson, 6'7 270 and inside linebacker Quinn Johnson, 6'3 225.

Tulane is also in pursuit of at least one other LSU verbal commitment, Breaux Bridge High School defensive end Charles Alexander, 6'3 255.

Although Johnson has stated that his LSU commitment is firm, Jackson made an official visit to Oklahoma State on 11/7. Alexander, meanwhile, expresses concern over the possible departure of LSU head coach Nick Saban for the NFL.

Tulane hosted eleven official visitors last weekend. You can check out the complete list of visitors by clicking on this link - http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=202&p=9&c=6&dv=20031208

We now enter something of a recruiting lull, as by next weekend students will mostly have departed from campus, as will most faculty and staff. It's usually the norm not to have visitors during that period, so I wouldn't expect anyone to be coming in.

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