Still waiting for a decision by high-profile quarterback Ty Pigrome, Tulane received three commitments on Sunday, including one from another quarterback and one from Pigrome’s high school teammate.
Pigrome, a three-star recruit from Clay-Chalkville (Ala.), visited Maryland this weekend right after looking at Virginia Tech and lists Tulane, which he visited the weekend of Jan. 15, as his third finalist.
Regardless of which school Pigrome chooses — National Signing Day is Wednesday — the Wave won the services of Houston C.E. King quarterback Johnathan Brantley after his official visit on the final weekend.
Brantley, a two-star dual-threat prospect according to Rivals.com, threw for 2,147 yards and 20 touchdown passes with three interceptions as a senior while rushing for 844 yards and 14 scores. His numbers were very similar in his junior year, when he tossed 20 touchdown passes with four interceptions and rushed for 16 scores.
Brantley (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) de-committed from Louisiana-Monroe earlier in January. He joins Tallahassee (Florida) Godby’s Darius Bradwell, who enrolled in January, as competition for redshirt sophomore Glen Cuillette and redshirt senior Devin Powell at Tulane’s wide-open quarterback position. Two-year starter Tanner Lee transferred to Nebraska because he did not feel like he was a good fit for new coach Willie Fritz’s offense.
Clay-Chalkville running back A.J. Walker (5-10, 225) unrated by any recruiting site, committed to Tulane on his official visit as well. Walker, who played fullback as a junior before moving to running back, had no offers other than from Division III Concordia College in Minnesota. He said he rushed for nearly 800 yards and made 26 catches as a senior.
“I was going to wait and see who was going to offer me,” he said. “Then Tulane offered me last week. This coaching staff just wants to win, and I like the offensive running style. I’m a downhill runner.”
Walker added that, to his knowledge, Pigrome still was considering Tulane. Clay-Chalkville won a Class 6A state championship in 2014 before losing in the title game in ’15, handing Pigrome his only loss in 30 starts.
Tulane’s third commitment Sunday came from another under-the-radar prospect, wide receiver Darnell Mooney of Gadsden City (Alabama).
Mooney (6-1, 170) was considering Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Miss and several FCS schools before visiting Tulane this weekend. He excelled on special teams, earning first-team Class 7A All-State honors as an athlete after returning three punts and one kickoff for a touchdown. He also made contributions at defensive back.
Academics played a huge role in his choice.
“I like the organization (of Fritz and his staff), and I love being organized,” he responded in a text. “The campus is beautiful. I’m proud that there are no more than 22 students in a class. That way the professor can know you very well than if there are 700 students and not knowing you at all.”
On the field, Mooney listed reliability as one of his best assets.
“I will make plays,” he texted. “I will get my quarterback’s confidence up after every catch I make, knowing that he can count on me, because quarterbacks don’t want to look or feel stupid. I will get my teammates open when I’m a decoy.”
Also, Zachary wide receiver Doug Coleman flipped his commitment, changing from Tulane to Texas Tech. Coleman committed to Tulane last week after a visit but changed his commitment to Texas Tech after visiting Lubbock this weekend.