Head of the class
John Washington, West Monroe, DT, 6-1, 302
Tulane went outside of its normal recruiting area and won over a rare north Louisiana player after he visited in January.
Leeward Brown, Miramar (Fla.), G, 6-3, 344
The one-time Miami commitment is quicker than his size indicates and can contribute right away if he sheds some pounds.
Darius Williams, McDonogh 35, WR, 6-2, 195
If he plays like his highlight reel, he will be a go-to receiver because of his ability to make spectacular catches.
Nigel Anderson, Reserve/East St. John, RB, 5-10, 187
Tulane is deep at running back, but Anderson, a well-rounded player who turned down an offer from Arizona State among others, was too good to pass up.
Malik Eugene, Lafayette/Acadiana, ATH, 5-8, 162
The only question is where he will line up. Eugene could be a nickel guy, a cornerback or a wide receiver but will start out at safety.
Darius Black, Belle Chasse/Belle Chasse, S, 5-10, 187
Zach Block, Clermont, Fla./East Ridge, P/K, 6-4, 182
Jeremie Francis, New Orleans/Warren Easton, CB, 5-10, 166
Devin Glenn, New Orleans/Warren Easton, RB, 5-6, 144
Douglas Henry, New Iberia/Westgate, CB, 5-10, 162
Andrew Hicks, Belle Chasse/Belle Chasse, WR, 6-2, 198
Keyshawn McLeod, Port Charlotte, Fla./Port Charlotte, OL, 6-4, 250
Taris Shenall, Marrero/John Ehret, CB, 5-10, 171
Dedrick Shy, New Orleans/Warren Easton, CB, 6-1, 161
Keeyon Smart, Baton Rouge/McKinley, OT, 6-4, 332
Roderic Teamer, New Orleans/Brother Martin, S, 5-11, 191
Brian Webb, New Orleans/Miller-McCoy, DT, 6-0, 298
NEEDS ADDRESSED: Tulane continued to increase its talent level on the offensive line, which has gotten better in each year of coach Curtis Johnson’s tenure but needs to improve some more. The Wave brought in two promising defensive tackles at a position that always needs depth and two wide receivers at spot where it desperately needed bodies. Zach Block, a Florida import, will have a chance to win either the punting or kicking jobs, where the Wave was shaky last year.
WHAT’S NEXT: As of now, Tulane is four scholarships players short of the maximum of 85, but the Green Wave needs to hold most of those spots for 2016 because it has only six seniors. Although fourth-year juniors who elect to leave will add to the number of departures, Tulane had to create more room for what otherwise would be a tiny signing class next February.
LAGNIAPPE: The class is not balanced, with zero quarterbacks, defensive ends and linebackers, but as many as seven projected defensive backs. … Receivers Andrew Hicks, who played primarily at quarterback last year for Belle Chasse, and Williams have to be ready to contribute right away. The Wave has only four returning scholarship wideouts. … The tallest player in the class is 6-foot-4 punter/kicker Zach Block . … Johnson said he finally found his Darren Sproles clone in Devin Glenn, a 5-foot-6, 144-pound running back from Warren Easton.
COACH JOHNSON SAYS: “We had to go big on defense. We knew we had to do that. We had to get some more offensive linemen in here. … Maybe we could have gotten another receiver somewhere, but this is a great day for us.”