Tulane Finally Home
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National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 24, 2006
Jamie Newberg, TheInsiders.com National Recruiting Analyst


Chris Scelfo and his Tulane Green Wave finally got home. And it was just in time to host their first official visit weekend where they secured 11 commitments, bringing their total to 20 on the season.

For Tulane, they finally got to come home. This past weekend the Green Wave had their first visit weekend as they hosted 26 prospects. “It was a huge success,” said Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo. “We got back on campus last week for classes. “Our kids, coaches and players were so excited. It was a great weekend for us and I am very happy with where we are in terms of recruiting. In fact, this should be one of our better recruiting classes.”

Tulane is now sitting on 19 commitments, getting 11 alone from this past weekend. Wide receivers Casey Robottom (La Place, La.), Alan Mitchell (Ellenwood, Ga.), and Kevin Ivey (Metairie, La.), offensive linemen Peter Hendrickson (Tampa, Fla.) and Nick Landry (Beaumont, Texas), defensive ends Cody Sparks (Beaumont, Texas) and Troy Wilson (Fork Union, Va.), linebackers Markus James (Fork Union, Va.), Josh Mitzel (Keller, Texas), Jeremy McKinney (Houston, Texas), Adam Kwentua (Baton Rouge, La.) and Logan Kelly (Houston, Texas), safety Travis Burks (McDonough, Ga.), defensive tackle Oscar Ponce de Leon (River Ridge, La.), cornerbacks Shannon Davis (Atlanta, Ga.) and Adam Wacha (Sugar Land, Texas) and kicker Ross Thevenot (Lake Charles, La.) all committed over the weekend to coach Scelfo and his staff.

Today, they got a commitment from safety De’Metres Hill (Ellenwood, Ga.) and they could land standout running back Andre Anderson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) later on this week. With all that Scelfo and his program have been through since this fall, this weekend was huge for the Tulane football program.

It has been a turbulent year for the Green Wave. Hurricane Katrina displaced the entire university including the football team. They spent most of the fall sharing the facilities with Louisiana Tech in Ruston and no one got back to campus until last week. They started off 2-1 and then lost a close one to Mississippi State. Tulane, which had to play 11 straight road games, finished the season 2-9.

“It was a hard year. We started off playing on just sheer emotion but not being home and playing 11 straight road games really took its toll. But I am proud of our guys and how we handled things.”

In terms of recruiting, Tulane has done well, especially at defensive end, quarterback, offensive line and linebacker. Their first commitment of the year was Nick Moore, who committed to the Green Wave back in the summer. Moore (Flower Mound, Texas) is one of the top quarterbacks from the state of Texas and he spurned offers from Arizona, Wyoming and other schools. In December, they received a commitment from Chinoso Echebelem (Duncanville, Texas) and he had offers from Vanderbilt, Baylor, Duke, Houston and Wyoming.

Despite the 2-9 record and the public perception of post-Hurricane New Orleans, things are looking good for Scelfo and his Tulane Green Wave. They have recruited well and they will also get a boost when it comes to facilities. They will a brand new practice field, facilities, equipment, and computers as of this spring and they are hoping to be back home in the Super Dome in September.


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