Updating Tulane football recruiting targets for 2023

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With the verbal this weekend of Jai Eugene, Jr. out of Destrehan, Tulane currently has 14 commitments for their 2023 football recruiting class. Four of those verbals arrived in July with another pair coming in August.

The Green Wave staff has been hard at work, yet diligent, concerning recruiting.

Here are some of their targeted players who could end upas future commitments. Tulane is in good standing with all of these prospects.

RB Ezell Jolly (6-0, 185)

The three-star prospect out of Ridge Point High in Missouri City, Texas looks to be down to a Tulane-Baylor battle. Can the way win this one with the Big XII champions? Army, Boston College, Colorado State, Buffalo and Houston are all in the fray. He had 864 yards rushing last fall with 12 touchdowns, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. He’s a very patient runner.

WR Jayce Brown (6-1, 165)

The Fort Walton Beach, Florida product appears to favor Tulane but Georgia State is making it a race. Middle Tennessee, Alcorn, Western Kentucky, Army, Navy, Charlotte and Kansas State are also in the picture to varying degrees.

WR Ethan Crite (6-2, 180)

Tulane is the heavy favorite over Georgia Tech. Other contenders for the Roswell, Georgia product are Georgia Southern, Eastern Kentucky, Fordham, Brown, Old Dominion, Dartmouth, Air Force, Colgate, Kent State, Austin Peay, Princeton, Navy and Elon.

WR Kai Donaldson (6-4, 210)

The Isidore Newman playmaker currently plays receiver for the Greenies but his best spot may ultimately on the other side of the ball as a linebacker. He also plays basketball at Newman. Not exceptionally fast for a receiver, Donaldson is still very athletic and physical. Tulane is in a good spot but Florida State, Virginia, LA Tech, Pittsburgh and Grambling have eyes on the three-star prospect as well.

OLB A.J. Thomas (6-3, 220)

The three-star out of Cedar Creek in Ruston has Tulane competing with Indiana and LA Tech. He shot puts 40’5″ and throws discus 106′ along with strong football stats. As a sophomore, he made 18 tackles for loss and five sacks. Thomas has upside.

DB Jayden Sheppard (6-2, 181)

Tulane is competing with heavyweights including West Virginia, Arkansas, GA Tech and Coastal Carolina for the three-star safety from Niceville, Fla.

DB William Hicks ( 6-0, 175)

The Wave appear to hold a comfortable advantage over Oregon State, LA Tech, New Mexico and Northwestern State for the safety out of Houston.

ATH J.J. Foust (5-11, 193)

Tulane looks to be the odds on favorite for the Powell, Texas product whose best position could be strong safety or rover. He locates the ball quickly and knifes off the edge in blitz packages.

WR/CB Mose Phillips IV (6-2, 190)

Tulane is in a good spot for the versatile Nashville, Tenn. prospect.

OT Kaiden Arnold (6-7, 350)

Southern Miss, Louisiana-Lafayete and Georgia Southern join the Wave in trying to gain position for the massive road grader out of Atmore, Alabama. He bench presses 405 pounds and squats 600 and takes that intimidating size to the high school hardwood to demonstrate how well he moves for his size. He has handled pass rushers well as a left tackle.

OC Phillip Eichelzer IV (6-2, 275)

The Marietta, Georgia product holds 4.0 GPA. The Green Wave are in a battle with Army. Other interested parties are Air Force, Dartmouth, Fordham, Princeton, Penn, Lafayette and East Carolina. He is a nice looking prospect with sound technique while powerful (bench presses 315 lbs., squats 425, dead lifts 565).

OL Christopher Allen (6-3, 268)

Captain Shreve’s best offensive lineman in a good interior prospect who projects to guard or center. Tulane and Grambling appear to be the top contenders but LA Tech is also in the picture.

ATH Jakeveon Bolding (6-1, 190)

The Green Wave are contending with Austin Peay and Coastal Carolina with Nebraska and Mississippi State keeping tabs on the recruit out of Clanton, Alabama. He may end up at cornerback.

TULANE COMMITMENTS FOR 2023 (per The Wave Report as of August 21, 2022):

Jai Eugene Jr.

DB

Destrehan, LA

6’0″

191

5.7

8/21/22

Noah Gardner

OL

Lucas, TX

6’6″

280

0

8/12/22

Dickson Agu

LB

Geismar, LA

6’1″

220

0

8/8/22

Makai Williams

LB

Cibolo, TX

6’1″

215

0

8/1/22

Lajuan Owens

OL

Keller, TX

6’4″

305

0

7/30/22

Jahrie Garner

DE

New Orleans, LA

6’3″

226

0

7/14/22

Jermod McCoy

ATH

Whitehouse , TX

6’1″

170

0

7/8/22

Walter Samuel

RB

Gonzales, LA

6’0″

200

0

7/2/22

Joshua Goines

TE

Frisco, TX

6’3″

225

0

6/30/22

DJ Cloyd

WR

Columbia, MS

6’3″

190

0

6/28/22

Joshua Moore

ATH

League City, TX

6’2″

185

5.4

6/25/22

Hasson Manning

DB

Jersey City, NJ

6’0″

180

5.3

6/16/22

Nick Jacobs

DB

New Orleans, LA

6’2″

192

0

5/26/22

Dakota Williams

WR

Hahnville, LA

6’2″

195

5.4

2/1/22

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