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Area code 678 has long been a happy hunting ground for Tulane recruiters - it's where they found prospects such as Anthony Cannnon, Sean Lucas, and Israel Route. And this weekend Tulane picked up four verbal commitments from prospects whose schools are located in or just outside area code 678

If Tulane head football coach Chris Scelfo did a comedy routine, you could forgive him if he borrowed the legendary Jose Jimenez's famous shtick 'baseball has been very good to me.' These days, Chris Scelfo would probably change it a bit, to something like: 'area code 678 has been very, very good to me.'

Area code 678 has long been a happy hunting ground for Tulane recruiters - it's where they found prospects such as Anthony Cannnon, Sean Lucas, and Israel Route. And this weekend Tulane picked up four verbal commitments from prospects whose schools are located in or just outside area code 678. The four: safety Travis Burks from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Ga.; quarterback D'Metres Hill and wide receiver Allen Mitchell from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Ga.; the fourth is the lone outsider, cornerback Shannon Davis from Mays High School in Atlanta, Ga.

Two other Atlanta area prospects - linebacker Joseph Thornton from Stone Mountain High School, and defensive back Mario Tynes from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain also visited this weekend but have not made a commitment to the Green Wave.

Wide receiver Alan Mitchell and quarterback D'metres Hill from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood have played together since Little League.

Tulane Insider spoke with Cedar Grove offensive coordinator Jarrett Harper Monday evening, and here's what he had to say about his quarterback-receiver tandem.

"They're the best of friends, it just worked out that they can stay together," the first year coordinator told Tulane Insider. "Alan was a big threat and he drew a lot of double teams, our younger receivers had a lot of drops. D'Metres completed 86-of-155 attempts, but we had nearly 60 drops for the season. He'd have been around a 80% completion percentage if we could have limited those drops."

"Let me give you the rest of the stats. D'Metres threw for 1,468 yards and 8 touchdowns, only threw 3 interceptions. He's a dual threat - he can run and pass - and he ran for 688 yards and 4 touchdowns on 90 carries," Coach Harper continued.

"And Alan had 38 catches for 657 yards and 4 touchdowns," Harper added. "This was my first year. they used to be a Wing-T team but this year we moved to the spread. And this was D'Metres first year at quarterback. He's got tremendous upside as a quarterback. He's a student of the game and he's very accurate, most of those drops were catchable balls."

"Before this season, 'D' played wide receiver, defensive back, and returned kicks. He's an athlete, most people were actually looking at him as an athlete pre-season. As the season wore on, they looked at the film and reassessed him as a quarterback. Late, everyone wanted him as a quarterback." Harper added.

And the loquacious coach continued, "And D's got a good arm, not an arm like J.P., but a good arm. I don't know how far back you go, but I tell you who he's going to remind you of - Shaun King. He's going to remind you of Shaun King. D'metres is a faster Shaun King."

"Recruiting worked out whewre they made the same visits to the same schools. Because Alan plays basketball, he wanted to get visits out of the way early. They really weren't a package, but it did work out that they visited together and can go to school together, and play together. They're best friends and good for each other," Harper continued.

The dynamic duo made official visits to Western Michigan, and Temple back in December," Coach Harper resumed, "Early on Arkansas and Illinois were interested. Illinois followed 'D' for a long time. ECU, and Central Florida were both interested in. And Alabama State and Alabama A&M were both interested."

Of the other Atlanta area players, the versatile Burks might be the perimeter player who could make the biggest impact on the Green Wave defense next season.

A nice combination of quickness and strength, more than a year ago Burks tested at a scout.com combine in the Atlanta area and ran a 4.74 40, and while that may be adequate straight ahead speed for a safety, Burks balanced the 40 time with an excellent short shuttle time of 4.33, showing good quickness, and showed his explosiveness with a 35" vertical leap.

On the field the versatile Burks, who could be utilized as a receiver at Tulane, caught 21 passes for 340 yards and made 22 tackles and snagged 4 interceptions as a senior.

Shannon Davis, the Green Wave's lone Atlanta inner city commitment to date, projects as a cornerback.

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