The Tulane football team received its first commitment since the early signing period on Monday when Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial athlete Keitha Jones tweeted his decision.

Jones (6-foot-2, 190 pounds), rated 3 stars by and, committed to SMU in August but did not sign in December after coach Chad Morris left for Arkansas. He took an official visit to Tulane two weekends ago and visited SMU this past weekend.

"I love the environment (at Tulane) and they treat each other like family," he wrote in a text confirming his choice. "I could see myself comfortable there for three to four years. It had nothing to do with the coaching change at SMU. They have a great staff."

Jones, who started at quarterback as a senior, expects to play linebacker at Tulane. The Green Wave has a huge need there with only six returners and no linebackers among its 22 December signees.

"I have the ability to cover and come down and help stop the run," Jones texted.

Jones, who can sign a letter of intent Feb. 7, would become the 11th 3-star member of Tulane's 2018 class according to, which ranks the group 66th nationally, higher than any Tulane class since 2004.

The Wave likely has room for two more signees.

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