Tulane’s first December recruiting weekend yielded three football commitments by Sunday night, including a three-star nose guard with an offer from Alabama and a three-star defensive back from Baton Rouge.
The Green Wave, which entertained 16 recruits on Friday and Saturday, received pledges from Brookhaven (Mississippi) High nose guard Jeffery Johnson, Scotlandville High defensive back Dorian Camel and San Ramos California High punter Ryan Wright.
Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 317-pound prospect who would be Tulane's highest rated signee since Darion Monroe in 2012, received plenty of attention from Alabama, Florida State and Mississippi State among others after his junior year. But a high enzyme count that doctors later determined to be a false positive forced him to sit out from May to August with his football future in doubt.
Finally cleared, he made 67 tackles with seven sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior. He told the Jackson Clarion Ledger he had an awesome visit at Tulane and would enroll in January, making him eligible for spring practice.
Camel (6-foot-1, 180 pounds), the first defensive back in Tulane's class, had offers from Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Ole Miss at one point. He is part of a star-studded defensive backfield, with four-star Scotlandville cornerback Kelvin Joseph a one-time commitment to LSU.
"I like the education, the people, the coaches and the players (at Tulane)," said Camel, who feels comfortable at safety and cornerback. "It just felt like home a little bit. It felt like the environment that I have been in, so it will be easy to be there."
Rated the No. 24 safety prospect in the country this summer by 247Sports, Camel dropped to 44th in the latest rating. He also lost the interest of the SEC schools that had been recruiting him, leaving Marshall as Tulane's biggest competitor.
"They didn't really give me a reason," he said. "They just wouldn't really communicate with me when I tried to get a visit at the end of the season. Mississippi State said their slots were full."
He earned All-District 4-5A second-team honors as a junior and also ran track, with personal bests of 10.67 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.57 in the 200.
Scotlandville went 10-2, losing to John Curtis in semifinals of the Division I playoffs.
"I felt like I played good, but I could have played better," Camel said. "I have a lot of speed and I love to hit, but I need to work on my ball skills. That will make me a complete player."
Wright, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound prospect, committed Sunday morning after getting a scholarship offer on his visit. San Jose State was recruiting him as a preferred walk-on.
He is the No. 4-ranked punter in the country by Kohl’s Kicking Camps, which rated his five stars, and averaged 43.6 yards this year. He also was his team’s starting quarterback as a junior and senior.
Tulane returns senior Zach Block, its punter for the last three years, but he ranked 10th in the American Athletic Conference with an average of 39.2 yards this year.
"They told me that I have an opportunity to compete for the starting job once I get there," Wright said. "If I end up not getting it, I'll probably end up redshirting so I can get four years starting."
The three commitments run Tulane’s total to 19. The early signing period begins Dec. 20.