Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- McDonogh 35's Darius Williams

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.

Other signees

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.”