Tulane Hosting 15 On Official Visits

Tulane Hosting 15 On Official Visits

This weekend is the first opportunity for the Green Wave to host visitors. Initially, the coaching staff planned to bring visitors in for big weekends in December, but Chris Scelfo the head coach for the previous eight seasons, was let go after finishing the season 4-8, his fourth losing season in a row.

Tulane football coach Bob Toledo is reported to be hosting 15 prospects on official visits to the Tulane campus this weekend. This weekend is expected to be the busiest of the recruiting season for the Green Wave. National Signing Day is Feb. 7.

Nine public verbal commitments are known to be among those making their official visit to Tulane.

The nine verbal commitments visiting are: kicker Darren DeRochemont, Armwood High School, Seffner, Fla.; fullback Cody Blackwelder, Cedar Creek School, Ruston, La.; linebacker Cheta Ozougwu, Taylor High School, Houston, Texas; linebacker Derek Wilson, East Bernard High School, East Bernard, Texas; tight end Jordan Stephany, Hahnville High School, Boutte, La.; quarterback Joe Kemp, Richland High School, Richland Hills, Texas; offensive lineman Dhamari Thomas, Galena Park High School, Galena Park, Texas; wide receiver Taylor Echols, Clear Creek High School, League City, Texas; and wide receiver Chandler Davis, Gulf Shores High School, Gulf Shores, Ala.

Two other prospects - defensive end Brooks Cunningham, Norcross High School, Norcross, Ga.; and offensive lineman Andrew Higgins, Duluth High School, Duluth, Ga. - are known to be making official visits to the Tulane campus this weekend.

This weekend is the first opportunity for the Green Wave to host visitors. Initially, the coaching staff planned to bring visitors in for big weekends in December, but Chris Scelfo the head coach for the previous eight seasons, was let go after finishing the season 4-8, his fourth losing season in a row. All plans for official visits were put on hold pending the selection of a new coach.

Toledo was named Tulane's thirty-seventh head football coach Dec. 11, but remained as the assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterback coach for the University of New Mexico, while the Lobos prepared for the inaugural New Mexico Bowl.

Toledo had previously been the head coach at UCLA from 1996-2002, where he compiled a 49-32 record overall. The Bruins produced a school-record 20-game winning streak, plus two Pac-10 titles, two Rose Bowl appearances and non-conference victories over Texas, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

Prior to becoming UCLA head coach, Toledo was the head coach at at Cal Riverside in 1974-75, and built a record of won-loss record of 15-6. From 1979-82 Toledo was head coach at the University of the Pacfic, where he compiled a record of 14-30. Toledo also had stints as an assistant at UCLA, USC, Oregon, and Texas A&M before taking the UCLA head coaching job.

The Green Wave is expected to sign 22 to letters of intent on National Signing Day.

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