The Tulane football team is having bad luck with graduate transfer offensive linemen.
Former South Lafourche star Bailey Granier, who graduated from Vanderbilt last week, reneged on a December commitment to play his final year for Tulane and chose Central Florida instead.
Granier, a three-star recruit in 2014, started five games at tackle in his career with the Commodores but was expected to fill an opening at left guard for Tulane in 2018. He attended the Green Wave’s spring game in April, then recently had a change of heart.
“I am very thankful for all the efforts of (graduate assistant) coach (Mack) Helms, (offensive line coach Alex) Atkins, (Willie) Fritz and all of the players that made me feel part of the family,” he tweeted. “However, I am excited to announce that I will be continuing my athletic and academic career at the University of Central Florida! I guess I just have a thing for black and gold.”
In January, Tulane lost two-year starting center Junior Diaz, who transferred to Florida Atlantic for his final year of eligibility after graduating in December. Diaz, a Miami native, said he wanted to move closer to home.
Granier elected to stay farther away from home.
During spring drills, Tulane moved sophomore Corey Dublin to center from left guard, and Fritz recently projected him as a starter at Diaz’ vacated spot.
“Corey Dublin’s going to be there at center for sure,” he said. “The more guys you can get to effectively snap, the better off you are. We’re going to have some guys that are double-trained at multiple positions.”
Redshirt freshman Cameron Jackel, from Shaw, practiced with the first team at left guard in place of Dublin in the spring. The other starters up front were senior right guard Dominique Briggs, senior right tackle John Leglue and redshirt junior left tackle Keyshawn McLeod.
Tulane has room for another graduate transfer if it chooses to pursue one to replace Granier.
The Wave will not be lacking for speed at the skill positions in the fall.
Running backs Devin Glenn and Corey Dauphine and wide receiver Jaetavian Toles were part of the 4 X 100-meter relay team that set a school record with a time of 40.26 at the American Athletic Conference track and field championships on Saturday. Tulane, whose previous best time was 40.37, finished third in the event.
Earlier in the season, Glenn, a senior, ran the 200 meters in 21.18 and the 100 meters in 10.64, the fastest time by any member of the track team. Dauphine was right behind him in the 200 meters at 21.23.
Primarily a special teams contributor in his first three years, Glenn (5-foot-7, 155 pounds) has only seven career carries for 30 yards and six catches for 45 yards while bouncing between running back and receiver. But Fritz liked what he saw him from him at running back in the spring.
“There are some plays we can take advantage of with his speed and cutting ability,” he said. “He can be dynamic if we can get him to take care of the ball all the time.”
Glenn is about to have serious competition for fastest-man-on-the-team honors. Incoming freshman Dorian Camel, a three-star defensive back from Baton Rouge Scotlandville, won the Class 5A state championship in the 100 meters in 10.39.
Fritz said reserve defensive back Chase Napoleon no longer was with the team. Napoleon played in 13 games over two years but did not make a tackle. His departure leaves Tulane with 81 scholarship players. … Linebacker KJ Vault and quarterback Dane Ledford, who were listed as true sophomores in the spring after playing sparingly last fall, will be awarded redshirt years if the AAC and NCAA approve a Tulane request. … Fritz said no player suffered a significant injury during spring drills. … Fritz said returning senior punter Zach Block, who averaged 39.2 yards last year, will have to win an open competition with incoming freshman Ryan Wright to retain his job.