Recruiting: Tulane adds transfer LB Tyler Grubbs, commits from 2023 edge rushers Fobbs-White and Thomas

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Tyler Grubbs
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Just days short of the early football signing period this Wednesday, Tulane had a busy Monday.

Former Louisiana Tech linebacker Tyler Grubbs is coming home to play for the Green Wave.

The Holy Cross product has spent the past three seasons in Ruston where he has accumulated 241 stops with 24 for losses and 4.0 sacks. He ranked among the nation’s elite tacklers as a freshman in 2020 with 96 tackles. Grubbs was even better the following year as a sophomore with 97 stops.

Limited to five games due to injuries this season, Grubbs managed to pile up 48 tackles.

While at Holy Cross where he earned All State honors in 2018, he accumulated an astonishing 469 tackles, 9.0 sacks and nine interceptions for his varsity career.

Grubbs diagnoses plays quickly with good first steps at the snap .He possesses violent hands and hangs tough between the tackles. Able to read the eyes of quarterbacks, Grubbs has great feet in coverage. He is a sure open field tackler.

Despite being a Mike linebacker, he displays good drops in coverage and keeps pace with potential receiving targets. Grubbs also is affective off the edge as pass rusher.

With Tulane losing top tandem Dorian Williams and Nick Anderson, the 6-foot-1, 224-pound Grubbs will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact as a tackler and leader in the locker room.

Meanwhile, Neville edge rusher Matthew Fobbs-White commited to Tulane for their 2023 class over offers from Baylor, Western Kentucky, Memphis, LA Tech, ULL, Oklahoma State, SMU, Jackson State and Southern Miss.

The 6-3, 230-pounder committed August 15 to the Ragin’ Cajuns but decommitted Nov. 17. Tulane offered over 10 months ago. Green Wave assistant J.J. McCleskey was instrumental in his recruitment.

Fobbs-White uses his hands exceptionally well, dips as he turns the corner and blows through gaps. Normally quiet, he lets his actions on the field do his talking. The two-time All-District 2-4A selection was chosen District Defensive MVP this season after totaling 40 tackles, 11 sacks, 25 pressures and a pair of forced fumbles.

Zachary’s AJ “Red” Thomas also announced his commitment to the Tulane football program on Monday.

Thomas originally committed to Louisiana Tech in April and then switched to Indiana in September.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound edge rusher played at Cedar Creek where he earned All-State honors in 2021. He transfered to Zachary for his senior campaign.

Fobbs-White and Thomas join St. Augustine edge rusher Jah’Rie Garner in Tulane’s 2023 class as a dynamic edge rushing trio. All three are three-star talents.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to play football at LSU, developing a passion for the game in even greater fashion while in…

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