Tulane’s football program added some muscle to its 2015 recruiting, landing the commitment of offensive lineman Keyshawn Mcleod on Tuesday afternoon.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound tackle from Port Charlotte, Florida, announced his intentions to join the Green Wave on Twitter just days after visiting the program during its 38-7 homecoming loss to Memphis.
“The atmosphere of the whole program there just felt right to me,” Mcleod said. “It just felt like a place I could spend another four years and it really could be home. When you watch them play and you go the stadium and feel it, it really becomes the kind of place you can see getting behind.
“I think it also means a lot that they play a lot of freshmen. They’re willing to play the best guys, first of all, and there’s no way this team isn’t on the rise because of all these guys who are going to be playing and starting for four years.”
Mcleod said his biggest attribute is his athleticism at the position, known best for his flexibility, footwork and versatility at a position that can be hard to find it at the high school level. However, Mcleod readily admitted he will need to add weight and understands he may be a redshirt candidate when he gets onto the Uptown campus this summer.
While not a highly touted prospect, he was spotted by Tulane’s director of player personnel Detrick Belvin, who is from the nearby area and bonded quickly with Mcleod. Receivers coach Keith Williams also played a role in helping him feel comfortable enough to commit.
“I’m a very athletic o-lineman,” Mcleod said when asked to highlight his strength. “I feel like if I can put some weight on at Tulane, that I can be a part of their offensive line in the future and really help them.”
He is the second offensive lineman to pledge to Tulane’s 2015 class, alongside McKinley High School’s Keeyon Smart. Mcleod, however, is the first of 12 commitments to reside outside of Louisiana.
“I’m ready,” Mcleod said. “It’s a great place I’m happy to be a part of.”
Tulane basketball officially added a second member to its 2014-15 class, when Landry-Walker power forward Blake Paul signed his national letter of intent on Tuesday morning.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pounder joins fellow post player Taron Oliver in the Green Wave’s early signing class.
Paul committed to the Green Wave in September, spurning offers from Houston, UTEP and Louisiana Tech, among others.
“It was important for me to stay close to home,” Paul said. “That’s not something I always thought I wanted but when I went to Tulane, it just felt right to be close by and be a part of a program that’s growing.”