Tulane has proven it isn’t afraid to fly under the radar in its football recruiting.
The Green Wave coaches made another stealthy move Tuesday when it landed a commitment from Westgate athlete Douglas Henry.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder out of New Iberia didn’t have offers from a series of top college programs, but when Tulane offensive coordinator Eric Price and co-defensive coordinator Lionel Washington saw Henry on film, an offer wasn’t far behind.
Henry played in only four games at cornerback as a junior but made an immediate impact, nabbing three interceptions, including a pick-six, said Westgate coach Ryan Antoine. Because Henry spent the first half of the season primarily on special teams as a returner, Antoine said it’s not surprising most schools weren’t aware of his talent.
“Doug is one of those late bloomers,” Antoine said. “A lot of schools have been starting to look at him, and he’s going to get a lot of buzz. But when coach Washington was talking to him about some of the things he can work on and what worked for him as a guy who played in the NFL, that meant something to Doug.
“He likes what they are doing over there and wants to go to an up and coming program while staying close to home. It really was just the perfect fit for him.”
Henry is the eighth commitment to Tulane’s 2015 recruiting class, all of whom reside in south Louisiana. He’s also the fifth prospect slated to play defensive back for the Green Wave, joining Jeremie Francis, Darius Black, Chaz Key and Taris Shenall.
“Doug is a kid that has a humongous upside,” Antoine said. “He’s got great size and runs a 4.4 (second) 40 (yard dash). He is one of those legit lock down corners who can do it all, because he’s long and rangy out there.”