NEW ORLEANS — Tulane head football coach Willie Fritz said character was important as the Wave signed 17 in the early signing period Wednesday.
Fritz said the Wave could sign 3 to 5 more in the class of 2022. Included in the class are three keys transfers.
They are Colorado running back Ashaad Clayton from Warren Easton, TCU defensive tackle Patrick Jenkins from John Ehret, and Notre Dame wide receiver Lawrence Keys from McDonogh 35.
Fritz said he won’t “rush” his search for a new offensive coordinator, to replace Chip Long, who departed for Georgia Tech.
Fritz spoke with reporters Wednesday via zoom.
Here’s the rundown of Tulane’s signing class.
NEW ORLEANS – The Tulane University football team announced the addition of 17 new student-athletes on Wednesday that will suit up for the Green Wave this upcoming fall.
INSIDE THE CLASS
-17 new players added to the squad.
-16 of the new players earned three-star ratings or better from various national recruiting sites across the country.
-Tulane had six different states represented across the country.
-Five incoming Tulane student-athletes are from the state of Louisiana.
-Four of Tulane’s transfer student-athletes earned four-star rankings.
-Three of Tulane’s transfer student-athletes are from the city of New Orleans.
-WR Jalen Rogers was the first signee to send in his National Letter of Intent.
Isaiah Boyd | DL | 6-3 | 265 | Fr. | Haverford, Pennsylvania | Haverford
Prior to Tulane: Received a three-star rating from 247Sports.com… Played on both sides of the ball as a defensive end and offensive tackle… Earned Second Team All-Region honors following the 2019 season…Also played basketball.
Chris Brazzell II | WR | 6-4 | 175 | Fr. | Midland, Texas | Midland Legacy
Prior to Tulane: Received a three-star ranking from 247Sports.com…Rated as a Top 250 prospect in the state of Texas…Finished his collegiate career with over 1,596 receiving yards, 21 touchdowns and 104 catches…Averaged 15.3 yards per catch during his career…Transfered to Midland Legacy for his senior season where he put up single season career numbers, totaling 859 yards, caught 52 passes and hauled in 12 touchdowns…His father Chris played for head coach Willie Fritz at Blinn Community College where he earned All-America honors…His father also was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round where he would go on to play alongside Tulane Athletics Hall of Famer Jerald Sowell before going on to play eight years in the CFL.
Sully Burns | OL | 6-7 | 300 | Fr. | Plano, Texas | Plano
Prior to Tulane: Received a three-star rating from 247Sports.com… Ranked 96th in the SportsDay HS top 100 recruits for the class of 2022… Rated as the 14th best offensive lineman in the Dallas area… A hulking 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds, Burns lined up at left tackle in high school… Finished his senior season with All-District Honorable Mention Honors.
Ashaad Clayton | RB | 6-0 | 200 | Fr. | New Orleans, Louisiana | Warren Easton | Colorado
Prior to Tulane: Saw action in seven career games at Colorado…Rushed for a pair of touchdowns as a freshman in 2020…Posted a decorated prep career at Warren East High School…A consensus four-star, top 300 prospect by the recruiting services, 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN and PrepStar…USA Today ranked him as the No. 139 player nationally on its Top 250 list…A PrepStar All-American, he ranked as the No. 151 player nationally…247Sports listed him as the No. 180 recruit nationally with a rating of 91, the No. 16 running back in the class and No. 5 player from Louisiana…Rivals rates him at 5.8 as the No. 17 running back in the class and No. 10 player from Louisiana…The 247 Composite rates him a .9175 as the No. 217 player nationally, the No. 18 running back and No. 7 player from Louisiana…He was named to the Louisiana Class 4A Sports All-Decade team…As a senior in high school, he rushed for 1,078 yard and 14 touchdowns in just five games…Played for head coach and former Tulane standout linebacker Jerry Phillips at Warren Easton.
Blake Gunter | TE | 6-3 | 230 | Fr. | Madison, Mississippi | Madison Central
Prior to Tulane: Earned a three-star rating by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com…Rated as the 14th -best player in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com…Finished his career with 53 catches, 703 receiving yards and six touchdowns…Averaged 16.3 yards per catch…Helped guide Madison Central to a 13-1 overall record and a 6-1 mark in district play…Received offers from 15 Division I schools across the country…His father played linebacker for Ole Miss from 1987-1989. His older brother (Grayson) played for Arkansas from 2016-2019 and finished up at Southern Miss as a graduate transfer…Competed in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All Star Game.
Carson Haggard | QB | 6-0 | 175 | Fr. | Miami, Florida | Gulliver Prep
Prior to Tulane: Earned a three-star rating from 247Sports.com…Received a three-star ranking from Rivals.com…Checked in as the 86th-best quarterback in the nation according to 247Sports.com…Finished his senior season with over 3,000 yards passing, 35 touchdowns against six interceptions…Helped guide Gulliver Prep to a 9-2 record…Also served as a team captain during his senior campaign…Posted a dominant performance against Booker T. Washington in the Florida 4A Regional State Championship Semifinal, as he passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns…Started as a freshman on the varsity team, throwing for 1,231 yards and 15 touchdowns…His sister currently attends Tulane University.
Kameron Hamilton | DL | 6-4 | 280 | Fr. | Zachary, Louisiana | Zachary
Prior to Tulane: Starting defensive lineman for the 2021 15-0 Zachary Broncos…Earned All-Conference honor following the season…Was named District Most Valuable Player for his performance during the Broncos’ run to the state title…Captured the 2021 LHSAA 5A State Championship.
Gerrod Henderson Jr. | DL | 6-2 | 270 | Fr. | Spring, Texas | Spring
Prior to Tulane: Received a three-star rating from Rivals.com… Was a 14-6A first-team all-district selection at DE as a junior… Recorded 32 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and a forced fumble during the 2020 season… Tallied 72 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and an interception for loss through 13 games during his senior year… Awarded 14-6A All-District Unanimous Defensive MVP following his senior season.
Makhi Hughes | RB | 5-11 | 195 | Fr. | Birmingham, Alabama | Huffman
Prior to Tulane: Earned a three-star rating from 247Sports.com…Rated as the 85th-best running back in the nation and the 46th -best player in the state of Alabama by 247Sports.com…Posted a breakout senior season, rushing for over 1,600 yards and averaged 8.0 yards per carry…Scored 20 touchdown in the fall of 2021…Rushed for over 2,700 yards and totaled 29 touchdowns throughout his career…Surpassed 100 yards rushing in seven career games…Rushed for 1,065 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior.
Patrick Jenkins | DL | 6-2 | 293 | Soph. | New Orleans, Louisiana | John Ehret | TCU
Prior to Tulane: Made appearances in 18 career games at TCU…As a sophomore with the Horned Frogs, he saw action in all 12 games and made a pair of starts…Tied a career-high with four tackles against Texas in his first career start…Placed fourth on the team with 4.0 tackles for loss on the season…Had at least one TFL in a stretch of three out of four games against Oklahoma, Kansas State and Baylor…Had a standout prep career at John Ehret High School…Four-star recruit…Selected to play in the All-American Bowl … ranked by 247Sports and ESPN as the nation’s No. 25 defensive tackle … 247Sports rated him the state of Louisiana’s No. 10 overall prospect and No. 253 recruit in the country … the No. 7-rated prospect in greater New Orleans … selected as the Most Valuable Player at the Rivals Camp in New Orleans.
Lawrence Keys III | WR | 5-11 | 180 | Gr. | New Orleans, Louisiana | McDonogh 35 | Notre Dame
Prior to Tulane: Spent the past four years at the University of Notre Dame, but did not play this past season…Hauled in 18 catches for 185 yards during his career at Notre Dame…Had a stellar prep career at McDonogh 35 High School…Was the No. 283-ranked overall player nationally, No. 46 wide receiver nationally and No. 10 player from Louisiana by 247Sports.com…Earned a No. 150 ranking overall player nationally, No. 21 wide receiver nationally and No. 4 player from Louisiana by ESPN.com…Was rated as the No. 22 player from Louisiana by Rivals.com… Four-star member of the PrepStar Top 300 Dream Team, ranked as the No. 264 player in the class of 2018 and the No. 47 wide receiver…Earned 2017 Louisiana Sports Writers Association Football Class 4A First Team All-State honors.
Taylor Love | LB | 6-0 | 220 | Fr. | Opelika, Alabama | Opelika
Prior to Tulane: Received a three-star rating from 247Sports.com as a linebacker… Ranked 35th on Rivals.com 2022 Alabama Top 40 list… Awarded Defensive player of the game twice during his junior season… Recorded 66 tackles, 1.0 sacks, one interception and a forced fumble during the 2021 season… Shows quickness on the court as well as the starting shooting guard of the basketball team…Competed in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All Star Game.
DeaJaun McDougle | WR | 5-11 | 175 | Soph. | Boca Raton, Florida | Deerfield Beach | Maryland
Prior to Tulane: Spent the past two seasons at the University of Maryland where he saw action in four games…Prior to arriving at Maryland, he enjoyed a decorated career at Deerfield Beach High School and was teammates with current Tulane quarterback Michael Pratt….Rated as the No. 32 wide receiver, No. 32 prospect in Florida and a top-200 prospect overall in the Class of 2020…Two-time First Team All-Broward County…Tallied 115 receptions for 1851 yards and 18 touchdowns…Posted a 4.51 second 40-yard dash while also notching a 33.8-inch vertical.
Keanon McNally | OL | 6-9 | 300 | Fr. | Kearney, Missouri | Kearney
Prior to Tulane: Received a three-star rating from ESPN.com and 247Sports.com… Rated as the 21st overall prospect in the state of Missouri regardless of position according to ESPN… Credited with 28 pancake blocks in seven games during his senior season… Earned Second Team All-State, First Team All-District and First Team All-Conference as a senior… Also contributed as a member of the basketball team.
Rayshawn Pleasant | DB | 6-0 | 170 | Fr. | West Monroe, Louisiana | West Monroe
Prior to Tulane: Received a three-star rating from ESPN.com and 247Sports.com… Rated as one of the nation’s Top 100 athletes… Earned a Top 50 rating in the state of Louisiana regardless of position… Gained more than 1,000 yards on offense as a senior as he carried the ball 155 times for 974 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns and added six receptions for 89 yards…Timed an impressive performance of 4.42 at the Tulane Prospect Camp this past summer…Also contributed as a member of the basketball team and track team.
Cadien Robinson | DB | 6-1 | 170 | Fr. | Rockwall, Texas | Rockwall
Prior to Tulane: Received a three-star rating from 247Sports.com… Rated as one of the nation’s Top 150 safeties… Earned the 2021 Texas District 10-6A Defensive MVP after a strong senior season, as he posted 47 stops, six tackles for loss, a sack, forced two fumbles and recovered one… Collected seven interceptions this season with three returned for touchdowns and knocked down 17 passes… Showed good speed competing in the 4×100 and 4×200 relay on the track and explosiveness…Posted a 10-6 standing broad jump at the Tulane Prospect Camp.
Jalen Rogers | WR | 5-11 | 170 | Fr. | Miami, Florida | Northwestern
Prior to Tulane: Earned a three-star rating from 247Sports.com…Received a three-star ranking from Rivals.com…Starred at South Florida powerhouse programs Miami Northwestern High School and St. Thomas Aquinas…Hauled in 18 passes for 376 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 20.8 yards per catch as a junior…Timed a 10.9 performance in the 100-meter dash…Timed a 4.32 performance during the Tulane Prospect Camp earlier this year…Took part in the Under Armor All-American camp in the spring of 2021 where he posted a breakout performance drawing the attention of numerous programs throughout the country.