The first weekend of official visits in December yielded a fourth commitment for the Tulane football team as the Green Wave’s recruiting ranking continues to rise under coach Willie Fritz.

With the early signing period starting next Wednesday, three-star defensive back Larry Brooks of Kennedale High in Texas became the 20th player to choose the Green Wave for the 2018 class.

Brooks, a 6-foot-0, 185-pound prospect who visited last Saturday the day after his team won a Class 4A playoff quarterfinal, plays safety in high school but is projected as a cornerback at Tulane. He also has excelled as a kick returner.

He sparked Kennedale’s 63-36 rout of Kaufman in the quarterfinal, returning a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown on the second play. After having a 98-yard kickoff return for score wiped out by a penalty a little later, he raced 45 yards to the end zone on a punt return.

Through 14 games, he had a team-high 146 tackles, 13 stops for loss, three interceptions and four fumble recoveries. He had been committed to Louisiana-Monroe since the summer.

This latest addition raised Tulane’s national recruiting ranking to 62nd, four spots higher than on The Wave’s highest final rating since began compiling them in 2002 was 60th in 2004, and it has not finished higher than 80th since then.

Brooks joins Scotlandville High's Dorian Camel, who pledged at the end of his visit last Sunday, as defensive back commitments for Tulane in an area of need. On Tuesday, Fritz said the staff needed to do a good job of recruiting defensive backs who could play as freshmen.

Cornerback Parry Nickerson, a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection, is a graduating senior.

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