Tulane’s 2022 football recruiting prospects

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Kody Finley

Head coach Willie Fritz and the Tulane football program have yet to secure an public commitment for the 2022 signing class.

That’s really no big deal. It’s not how you start but how you finish, and the Green Wave has finished well in recent years on the recruiting trail.

The NCAA dead period comes to an end June 1, following a 15 month stretch when recruits were not allowed personal recruiting visits to campuses and no in-home visits were permitted. Things will get crazy within the next few weeks with visits to be scheduled and some prospects deciding where to head for college.

Here are the names to watch when it comes to potential Tulane targets as they begin to build their 2022 class.

RB Derrick “Rodeo” Graham (5-10, 205) Three star recruit out of University Lab

Physical runner between the tackles, can turn the corner, second level speed, good receiver, breaks tackles. Was HS teammate of current Tulane OG Rashad Green. The Wave is trying to hold off Houston, LA Tech, South Alabama and Virginia.

WR Jace Wilson (6-4, 185) Three star in Denton, Texas

His brother Jalen plays basketball at Kansas. Jace is also excellent basketball player. In 2020, 53 catches for 604 yards, 6 TD’s. Great upside.

WR O’Ryan James (6-0, 175, 4.5) Three star from Ellender Memorial

LA Tech, Tulane, SLU, Nicholls and South Alabama interest. In 2020, 22 catches, 433 yards, 4 TD’s. Dangerous double moves, can take hitch the distance, finds creases in secondary, high points ball, good routes.

TE Jeffrey Simmons (6-6, 205) Three star prospect in metro Indianapolis, Indiana

Made 26 grabs 350 yards and 5 scores last season. Not a true but could grow into one. Indiana may have inside track, but Tulane, Central Michigan, Rutgers, Yale, Miami (Ohio), Cincinnati and Dartmouth are in on him. Great red zone option. Good at basketball, averages 16.7 points and 6.7 boards.

OG Cameron Collins (6-4, 265) St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati

Akron, Appalachian State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Louisville, Tulane, West Virginia and Toledo.

DE J’Mari Monette (6-4, 265) Alexandria Senior High

Good reach, crashes down line. Baylor, Tulane, Mississippi State, Texas, Indiana, Memphis, Northwestern State, Southern and SMU.

DE Aaron Austin (6-3, 255) Three star prospect in Fort Worth, Texas

Can play inside or outside, high motor, good pass rusher, can beat opponent with quickness or power. Boston College, Tulane, Kansas, East Carolina, Colorado, LA Tech, Marshall, SMU, North Texas, Utah State, UTSA.

DT Robby Harrison (6-4, 286, 3.4 GPA) Greenwood, South Carolina

Great strength (379 lbs. bench press, 496 lbs. squat, 620 lbs. dead lift). Violent tackler, great initial step, uses hands well. Arizona State, Tulane, Liberty, Cincinnati, Indiana, Georgia State, Coastal Carolina.

DB Corey Lambert (6-1, 195) Brother Martin

Good ball awareness, high IQ, All-District (83 tackles, 15 PBU, 5 interceptions in 2020). Austin Peay, Tulane, Princeton, FAU, Columbia, Duke, Troy, Memphis, So. Miss.

FS Ahmaad Moses (5-11, 193, 4.5) Arlington, Texas

All District, 107 tackles, 14 TFL, 8 PBU, 4 interceptions with 2 pick-sixes. Covers lots of ground. GA Tech, Houston, Tulane, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, UTSA.

OT Chase Sweigert (6-5, 300) Three star in Chapin, South Carolina

Gets to second level, runs well in front of play, pulls and traps. Charlotte, Liberty, East Carolina, Tulane, South Fla. and Old Dominion.

QB JC French (6-0, 188) Roswell, Ga.

Lists Tulane, Arkansas State, Va. Tech and Yale in top four. Wave offered on March 21. Makes good decisions, accurate passer, moves well in pocket, good play action. Last season — 2,902 yards, 32 TD’s, 7 interceptions, 65.7%. Also good pitcher and catcher in baseball.

WR Landon Ibieta (6-1, 183) Three star at Mandeville

Miami and Wake Forest like him while Tulane, LA Tech, Purdue, Virginia, South Alabama and Memphis also in pursuit. Great route runner, excellent hands. Against Hannan last year, 5 catches, 307 yards and 3 TD’s.

WR Kody Finley (6-4, 185) Three star at Ponchatoula.

Intriguing prospect (pictured above). His brother T.J. is QB at LSU. Kody is football and basketball standout. Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, South Alabama, New Mexico and Southern in the mix. No offer from Tulane yet. That could change soon. At PHS, 62 grabs, 1,070 yards, 8 TD’s in career to date.

CB Jhmal Shelby (6-2, 180) Three star from St. Augustine

Tulane offered April 2. Florida State, Memphis, Miss. State, Virginia interested. Depending on how senior season falls out may determine any additional offers. Great athlete, good length, transitions well, great closing speed.

ATH Roman Pitre (6-5, 215) University Lab

Tulane in a wide ranging battle with LA Tech, Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, ULL, SMU, UTSA, Virginia and South Alabama. He compares to Virginia OLB Charles Snowden who has similar size and skills.

CB Ronald “Champ” Lewis (6-1, 165) Warren Easton

Offers from Colorado, Tulane, Kansas, Lamar, ULL, ULM, La. Tech, Marshall, Memphis, Oregon State, Virginia and Utah State. Now considering trips. Runs 110 and 300 meter hurdles. Very explosive.

DT Kaden Lewis (6-2, 260) Terrebonne

Played in shadow of Maason Smith (LSU freshman). Late bloomer with offer from Ole Miss. Tulane monitoring closely. Should tack on strength and weight. Good footwork. Chases down plays, 3 or 5 tech.

WR Austin Jackson (5-11, 180) Brother Martin

Big play option with 40 catches for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Will continue to gain more attention.

QB Landry Lyddy (6-1, 191) Calvary Baptist

If you are looking for a sleeper, this is it. LA Tech, UMass and UAB currently on him. That list will expand. Was Division IV Offensive Player of the Year in Louisiana. Led team to state title over Ouachita Christian where his set state record in championship game with 464 passing yards. For the season, he managed 3,566 yards and 43 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions, completing 65.8%. Somehow has flown under radar. Great upside. Could be a gem for someone.

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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 be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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