Tulane hasn’t had to leave the borders of its own city to build most of its foundation for the 2015 football recruiting class.
On Tuesday, the Green Wave landed its fourth commitment, and third from New Orleans, when Jeremie Francis pledged to coach Curtis Johnson. The defensive back from Warren Easton High School took a visit to the campus in the morning and was committed by the end of the day.
“I just felt comfortable there,” Francis said. “There was already some things there that felt really good, and I had a good relationship with (defensive backs) coach (Jason) Rollins, so that helped a lot to. I was just ready and I didn’t need to think about it anymore.”
Tulane extended Francis his first scholarship offer, but the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder said he was receiving interest from a variety of schools including Florida State, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech.
But the atmosphere around the Green Wave, along with the previous commitment of teammate and friend — Warren Easton running back Devin Glenn — prompted him to make a decision before any other offers materialized.
He also credited the Green Wave’s current momentum, which includes the newly constructed Yulman Stadium, starting play in the American Athletic Conference and the program’s first bowl berth since 2002 as factors which played in Tulane’s favor.
“It played a big role because Tulane is a bigger school than a lot of people think,” Francis said. “They hear the name ‘Tulane’ and don’t really think anything of it. But Tulane is on the come up. I think we have a really bright future, and when you look at who has already committed for the 2015 class, it’s only getting better.”
While Francis is listed in most recruiting services as a cornerback, he said Tulane’s coaches told him he could be moved to either of the safety positions or possibly the nickel spot depending on what the Green Wave’s depth chart looks like upon his arrival.
“I mostly play corner but they told me because of my size, they could see me at free safety or strong safety,” Francis said. “I like the idea of playing free safety. I think that would work for me.”