Dane Ledford made a quick impression on Tulane’s football coaches at a mega-camp near Dallas on Saturday. It took him even less time to reciprocate their interest.
He committed to the Green Wave on Monday night soon after Tulane became the first school to offer him a scholarship.
“My first reaction was shock,” he said. “I’ve always dreamed of playing (Division) I football, and at that moment I finally reached my dream.”
Ledford, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound prospect from Argyle (Texas) High near Fort Worth, was recruited as an athlete and could play wide receiver, defensive back or quarterback for Tulane when he arrives in 2017.
He split time at safety and wide receiver as a sophomore but is coming off a dream junior season when he led Argyle to the Class 4A Division I state championship game in his first year at quarterback. He completed 205 of 288 passes with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing 86 times for 270 yards and six scores.
In one eight-game stretch that included the first two rounds of the playoffs, Argyle scored 63, 52, 49, 70, 66, 70, 59 and 58 points. It lost the championship game 33-31 on a touchdown in the last 15 seconds, giving Ledford a huge goal for his senior year. Argyle, a perennial power, captured a state championship in his freshman year and advanced to the semifinals in 2014.
“We’re going to have another great team,” he said. “We lost some key guys on offense but have pretty much our whole defense back. Every year our goal is a state championship and we’ve won it once, so hopefully we can even it out this year.”
Ledford, a two-star prospect according to 247Sports and unrated by Rivals.com, rattled off three primary factors for his quick decision to choose Tulane.
“It’s a very high academic school,” he said. “I want to concentrate on my grades when I go there, and the other reason was the coaches. I never had one bad impression whenever I met any of the coaches. Also it was the first team to offer me. It showed me they believed in me.”
Tulane coaches attended the mega-camp — which was run by Mary Hardin-Baylor — along with Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Kansas State, Boise State and Oregon State, among others.
Ledford joins John Ehret cornerback Darius Campbell and Marist (Ga.) offensive lineman Charlie Clark as 2017 Tulane commitments.