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Signing Day!!! 
Posted on September 7, 2013 at 08:03 PM.

Signing Day!!!

So guys, I said I had a lot of big recruiting news to share. Well here it is!

To the surprise of man coaches across the country, Coach Kaelyn Willingham was able to assemble an amazing recruiting class, in just his second year with the program. The Green Wave recruiting class ranked 20th in the nation. That's right, TWENTY. This class includes FIVE 4-star players and 13 3-star players. Most notable recruit: 4-star QB Maurice Johnson, the No. 2 QB on ESPN's 150 list. He will enter what is expected to be a FOUR-way QB competition heading into the fall.

In addition to the QB, Willingham also convinced QB Tim Ashley to stay with the team. Ashley, who threatened to leave for Arkansas State due to playing time, realized that he actually did have a good shot to win the starting job due to his performance last season. With Orleans Darkwa graduating, Ashley returns as the leading rusher from last season, despite just 3 starts.

A week later, Coach finds out that former Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight has decided to transfer to Tulane. He will sit out the upcoming season, but if the QB situation continues to be unresolved, he could become a big factor going into 2015. In addition to Knight, former Tulsa WR Justin Atkinson has also decided to play for the Wave.

In addition to the QB's, Tulane's class includes 4* HB's Doug Clark and Nick Miles, 4* WR Justin Fountain, 3* TE Marshall Brown, 2 additional FB's and a solid core of offensive linemen.

While Coach Willingham added numerous pieces to his offense, he did add some notable pieces to his defense, a defense that ranked in the bottom five in the country last year in pass defense and overall defense. This includes 4* CB Shaun Powers and 3* DE Corey Walton. These guys are expected to contribute right away to ail a less-than-stellar pass defense.

Tulane's in-depth 2014 recruiting class can be found below. Enjoy!

  • Maurice Johnson, 4*, 71 OVR (-7 BUST)

  • Doug Clark, 4*, 66 OVR
  • Nick Miles, 4*, 66
  • Scott Moore, 3*, 62

  • Fred Roach, 1*, 64 OVR
  • Marco Washington, 1*, 63

  • Justin Fountain, 4*, 69 OVR
  • A.J. Wright, 3*, 63
  • Randall Armstrong, 3*, 64

  • Marshall Brown, 3*, 72 OVR (+6 GEM)
  • Kevin Hartman, 3*, 62

  • Phil Maxwell, 3*, 65 OVR
  • Antwan Harrison, 2*, 64 (+9 GEM)

  • Jeff Smith, 3*, 67 OVR
  • Nick Bradley, 3*, 66
  • Charles Rogers, 2*, 61

  • Clint West, 3*, 64

  • Corey Walton, 3*, 69 OVR

  • Ross Fowler, 3*, 62 OVR (+6 GEM)
  • Todd Carter, 2*, 62

  • Shaun Powers, 4*, 72 OVR
  • T.J. Gray, 3*, 68
  • Drew Watson (JUCO Soph), 3*, 69

Great Class! As Signing Day comes to a close, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Arkansas and Michigan all had top-5 classes. WhileNew Mexico, Louisiana-Lafayette, Western Michigan, Buffalo and Eastern Michigan all round out the BOTTOM 5.

Surprises: The Purdue Boilermakers brought in the 9th best recruiting class. That's right, NINTH. WTH...????? At the same time, SEC powers South Carolina & Texas A&M each had the 80th & 84th ranked classes, respectively. WOW.....

(To Be Continued)
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