Tulane football coach Willie Fritz continues to remake the recruiting class he inherited in December, convincing a third Georgia Southern commitment to switch to the Green Wave. Another player who committed to former coach Curtis Johnson announced Sunday on Twitter that he was looking elsewhere.
Place-kicker Coby Neenan of Northview in Dothan, Alabama, joined quarterback Darius Bradwell of Godby in Tallahassee, Florida, and defensive back Sean Harper of Fayette County in Fayetteville, Georgia, in following Fritz from Georgia Southern to New Orleans.
Neenan, a first-team Class 6A all-state selection, connected on 13 of 17 field goals and converted 32 of 36 extra points as a senior. He also averaged 39.7 yards on punts and is rated 84th nationally as a punter and 100th as a kicker according to Kohl’s Kicking Camp, the top developer of kicking specialists in the country.
Tulane struggled in almost every aspect of special teams the past two years, although Andrew DiRocco rebounded from a rough 2014 to hit nine of 10 field goals in 2015 with a long of 39 yards. Returning freshman Zach Block, who averaged 37.9 yards, is the incumbent punter.
While Neenan joined the fold, linebacker Kazmi Antoine of Belle Chasse re-opened his recruiting. Antoine committed to Tulane in May when he had no other offers and was the lowest-rated of Johnson’s recruits according to Rivals.com.
It was unclear whether Antoine made the decision on his own or was encouraged to look elsewhere.
“Because of the new coaching changes, I think this is the best thing for me to do and I am excited for what God has planned next,” Antoine tweeted when he de-committed from Tulane.
Johnson and his staff completed their recruiting class last summer, but fewer than 10 of those commitments are expected to remain by national signing day on Feb. 3.