New football coach Willie Fritz pleased with the quality of his first recruiting class at Tulane _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- De'Andre Williams had 54 tackles, 13½ sacks, 17 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles as a senior at Scotlandville.

Scotlandville High’s DeAndre Williams thinks he’ll get exactly what he wants by staying close to home. Coney Durr of Dutchtown High is headed out of state for the same reasons.

Williams, a defensive end for SHS, announced his commitment to Tulane on Monday, while Durr, a defensive back committed to Minnesota over the weekend.

“Tulane offered me at the end of my junior year, and they’ve stayed with me,” Williams said. “There were other schools I talked to, but Tulane kept coming back. I said ‘Yes’ and committed on Friday. But I didn’t tell anybody about it until Monday.

“Academics are important to me. When it came down to it, I didn’t want to leave Louisiana. I haven’t talked to the new head coach (Willie Fritz) yet, but I think everything I want is there at Tulane.”

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Williams had 54 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks for the Hornets, who advanced to the regional round of the Class 5A playoffs. Williams is an honor student in Scotlandville’s engineer magnet program and plans to major in engineering. Durr also is an honor student and plans on majoring in marketing.

Durr (5-10, 185) becomes the second Dutchtown defensive back to pick the Gophers in the past two years. Former Griffin Alonzo Craighton just completed his first season at Minnesota.

“Having Alonzo there was a factor,” Durr said. “He was able to give me some insight into what the program is about. There’s been a coaching change, but I feel good about where the program is.

“I’m planning to major in marketing. Given the number of Fortune 500 companies there are in the Minneapolis area, I think it’s the perfect place for me to be.”

Durr had 42 tackles, including five tackles for loss in District 5-5A play. He returned a fumble for a TD.

Williams becomes the second Scotlandville player to commit to Tulane, joining receiver Chris Johnson. Two other Hornets, linebacker Reggie Cleveland and defensive back D.J. Williams, are committed to Louisiana Tech, SHS coach Robert Valdez said.

Bowl practices moved

Heavy rain on Sunday prompted organizers to move practices for the U.S. Army Red Stick Bowl football all-star game to the artificial turf field at Parkview Baptist.

Teams will practice in shifts at PBS through Wednesday, coordinator Barrett Murphy said. Practices were originally scheduled for Independence Park.

“We went out to to Independence, and it was just too wet,” Murphy said. “We’ve got guys who are committed to Division I and Division II schools. We can’t take a chance on getting anybody hurt.”

Murphy said one team will practice from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and then the other will go from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Scotlandville’s Williams is among the players for Rattlers, along with Scotlandville teammates Johnson, Cleveland and D.J. Williams.