Satellite Camps Spur Flurry Of Verbals

Satellite Camps Spur Flurry Of Verbals

Austin, who lined up at fullback for Barbe last season, will move to running back this season and also see some action at linebacker. Barbe is one of the top 5A football programs in the state

When he took the reins of the Green Wave football program Bob Toledo promised a more aggressive approach in recruiting with a renewed emphasis on Louisiana prospects and so far he's delivered.

The Wave has five public verbal commitments to date and all five are Louisiana prospects.

This week Tulane landed three of those verbal commitments - Iowa High School safety Ian Harson, Barbe running back Nathan Austin and Austin's teammate, tight end/linebacker Troy Wainwright. All three are from the Lake Charles area and all three attracted the attention of the Tulane coaching staff at the recent satellite camp held by Toledo on the Barbe campus.

The ensuing events were the same in each case: at the camp each received an invitation to make an unofficial visit to the Tulane campus, each did and liked the campus and the coaching staff.

Nathan Austin triggered the action when he made his verbal commitment earlier this week.

Austin, who lined up at fullback for Barbe last season, will move to running back this season and also see some action at linebacker. Barbe is one of the top 5A football programs in the state.

Austin could end up playing either running back or linebacker as a collegian.

Ian Harson is a little known safety prospect at a 3A school. He was one of several little known players who reportedly turned heads at the various Tulane satellite camps. In addition to the camp in Lake Charles, Toledo held camp sessions in Lafayette, Mandeville, Shreveport, and Monroe.

Tulane was the first school to notice Harson and the Wave's scholarship offer came in short order.

Harson, who plays both defensive back and receiver at Iowa, projects as a free safety at the college level.

On paper Barbe's Troy Wainwright may be the most prominent of the three most recent verbals. Wainwright also had offers from Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, and McNeese State.

Wainwright had attended a camp at Mississippi State just a week before committing to Tulane.

What brought Troy to Tulane was a nudge from teammate Narthn Austin and the proximity of New Orleans to his hometown. Wainwright, who has good speed, could end up playing either tight end or linebacker.

Tulane's first two commitments were Comeaux Hugh School offensive tackle Alex Savoie and John Curtis safety Alex Lauricella. Both also attended at least one camp session.

With five commitments already lined up, Tulane appears to be nearly a third of the way to filling the 2008 recruiting class. Barring unforeseen turnover, Bob Toledo should be looking to sign around 18 prospects to letters of intent next February.

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