Tulane’s successful recruiting week continued Saturday morning when three-star tight end Tyrick James from China Spring (Texas) High tweeted his commitment.
James, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect who also had interest from Kansas State and SMU, said he chose the Green Wave after Kansas State pulled its offer but was firm in his decision.
He is the 13th commitment in the 2018 class for second-year coach Willie Fritz, who benefited from a close connection on the China Spring staff.
Brian Bell, Fritz’s starting quarterback for all four years of his tenure at Sam Houston State from 2010-13, is James’ offensive coordinator.
“I like coach Fritz,” James said. “He’s a very exciting guy. I’ve never talked to him one time when he wasn’t enthusiastic. I talked with coach Bell for a little while about the coaching staff, and he gave me nothing but great words about them. The second factor was just the school in general. I love the school.”
James did not participate in one of Tulane’s summer camps but visited last month. He is the second tight end in the Wave’s commitment class, joining McKinley’s Josh Quiett, and the third player from Texas.
“My best skill is my route-running,” he said. “I can block, too. I’m versatile.”
James likely will play all over the place in his senior year at China Spring, serving as a running back and backup quarterback in addition to starting at tight end. He also logged time at linebacker last year.
He feels as if he has unfinished business. China Spring advanced the state semifinals of the Class 4A playoffs in Texas’s Division I, losing to Carthage in triple overtime. China Spring missed a field goal that would have won it in double overtime, then threw an interception on the next play before Carthage scored the winning touchdown.
Carthage went on to win its fifth championship in nine years.
“I feel like we can go all the way,” James said. “We’ve won one state championship and appeared in three more (championship games) since then. We usually make the playoffs, and there’s no doubt we’ll go at least two or three rounds deep.”
James, Tulane’s 13th commitment, is the eighth rated 3 stars by 247 Sports and the sixth from Rivals.com, exactly double the total from both sites for the Wave’s 26-player signing class last February.
Loving it indoors
For the third consecutive day, Tulane canceled its morning practice at Yulman Stadium and worked out at the Saints Indoor facility in the evening because of heavy rain in New Orleans.
Fritz does not take that opportunity lightly.
“We’re so blessed the Saints allowed us to come out here,” he said. “It’s kind of hard not to practice well when it’s 70 degrees.”
Tulane will take its first day off on Sunday and is scheduled to return to Yulman Stadium on Monday for the first time since this past Wednesday. The Wave has three more workouts set for the Saints facility next week.