football landed it's first public verbal committment of the new recruiting campaign
Wednesday when outside linebacker Cheta Ozougwu
, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound outside linebacker from Taylor High School in Houston, Texas made a verbal committment to Chris Scelfo's Green Wave.
Taylor, which is actually in the Alief school district, is coached by Tom Gerber and struggled to a 3-6 won-loss record last season. Ozougwu, who suffered a hip injury prior to the season opener, essentially missed the entire season. Consequently, there's no junior film to evaluate him on. At this point, recruiters are essentially evaluating him solely on his performance in the Lion's spring game.
"Tulane?" Cheta asked. "I committed to Tulane yesterday. They were one of the first schools to talk to me in April or May. TCU
was the first, Coach Williamson saw some tape of our spring workouts. And Tulane came around right about then. Coach Zo came to practice and we started to talk. He made me feel really good about it, like I'd fit right in. They saw the tape of the spring game and they offered me a scholarship. I pretty much chose Tulane right then. I'm going to make an unofficial visit there in a couple of weeks. And I'll make my official visit there in December."
Cheta continued, "Louisiana Tech
came in too and they're recruiting me hard. They offered me a scholarship the last day in May. Since then I've gotten calls from UCLA and Texas Tech
"I missed just about all of my junior year. I had a hip injury. I was the backup strong
safety but I did pretty good on the field in spring practice and a lot of coaches got
to see me. I'm helping out our team by playing some at defensive end and some outside
linebacker, but most of the colleges want me to move to outside linebacker."
"I ran track this spring to help my speed. I ran on the 4 x 100 relay and threw the shot. I'm not like a track star. I was just trying to make myself better.
"But Tulane is a great academic school, one of the best in the country. It's like the Rice of Louisiana. I feel like I'd fit in there with my 3.5 GPA and 1450 SAT."
And regarding the thorny question of how firm his committment is, Cheta had this to say: "As of now I'm committed to Tulane. If something happens, well.....as of right now though, no plans about decommitting. But I am getting interest from other schools."
As far as thoughts about Tulane's ompetition,
'Sir Charles' had this to say: "I went by the U of H the other day. I talked with the strength coach and the trainers. It was great. I had a great visit over there. Strictly unofficial. The coaches were nice.They've got great facilities.
But I'm still committed to Tulane."
And Tulane came around right about then. Coach Zo came to practice and we started to talk. He made me feel really good about it, like I'd fit right in. They saw the tape of the spring game and they offered me a scholarship. I pretty much chose Tulane right then. I'm going to make an unofficial visit there in a couple of weeks. And I'll make my official visit there in December