Tulane football fans wanting to get a glimpse of the Green Wave’s future may want to make their way to a few McDonogh 35 football games this fall.
The Green Wave picked up two more commitments from McDonogh 35 on Tuesday when standout defensive end Sci Martin and nose guard/center Jamal Crawford committed.
“I just loved the atmosphere and all the love and attention they showed,” Crawford said. “I wanted to go ahead and get it out of the way so I could focus on my grades.”
Crawford (6-foot-4, 330 pounds) also named Arizona State, Mississippi State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe and Cincinnati as schools that had shown interest.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Martin list of offers included Arizona State, Miami, Kansas State, UL-Lafayette, UL-Monroe, Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss.
“They are getting two good football players,” McDonogh 35 coach Wayne Reese said. “They both had schools all over the country trying to get them.”
Martin is expected to play defensive end in college, while Crawford said he is willing to play on either side of the ball.
“Sci is long, and he’s athletic,” Reese said. “Jamal runs well, and that’s what you need. You need someone who is big and nimble like that. He can deep snap the ball and he can blind snap the ball and that’s what you need in a center.”
The two are the second and third players from McDonogh35 to commit to the Green Wave.
McDonogh 35 running back Darius May committed to Tulane last week.
Crawford admitted that May helped a little in the recruiting process. May tweeted the news out about his McDonogh 35 teammates joining him at Tulane.
“Yeah, he was a little inspiration,” Crawford said.
May and Martin were honorable mention selections on the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State team.
A fourth member of the Roneagles, defensive back Clifford Chattman, committed to LSU in February.
“We have a few more kids, too,” Reese said about the Division I talent on the Roneagles. “Some of them may miss it unless they tighten up on their academics. It’s going to be up to them. They just have to continue to work. If they do that, good things will happen.”
Players can make their commitments official on Feb. 3, national signing day.