Tulane announces dates for its 2015 football schedule, starting with its Sept. 3 season opener against Duke at Yulman Stadium _lowres

Tulane players take the field before their game against Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

Although Tulane commitment John Washington flew under the radar in recruiting circles, his high school coach expects him to excel in New Orleans.

Washington, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from West Monroe, committed earlier this week after taking an official visit last weekend. He chose Tulane over Louisiana Tech.

“He worked hard in the offseason and got stronger,” West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge said. “I think he’ll be a very good football player for Tulane. I’m thrilled to death for him.”

Arledge is not a big believer in statistics, but he estimated Washington made about 50 to 60 tackles last season. After a slow start and a slew of injuries, West Monroe entered the Class 5A playoffs as a No. 9 seed before knocking off top seed Byrd 19-7 on the way to a semifinal loss to Destrehan 27-22.

The Rebels relied heavily on Washington and the defense, holding 10 of 14 opponents to 14 or fewer points.

“The more reps John got, the better he got,” Arledge said. “He suffered an ankle injury early in the season, but overcame that. John’s got a great future ahead of him. As he matures, he’ll get better and better. He’s a very strong young man and he’s certainly got enough ability to play at that next level.

“We matched him up a lot against (the opponent’s) best player, and he handled himself extremely well. He won the battle a majority of the times.”

Arledge is Tulane’s 16th commitment for the 2015 class and the third defensive tackle, joining Brian Webb of Miller-McCoy and Louis Wings of West Jefferson.