FEBRUARY 07, 2018

#Fritzmas Tracker: Tulane closes out historic recruiting class

Wave signs three 3-star prospects on National Signing Day

By JP Gooderham

After adding 22 signees during the first-ever early signing period in December, the Green Wave was focused on finding the last few pieces of its 2018 class.

Today, the Wave added three prospects, including two new signing day commitments. Here's the breakdown of what just happened.

DT Alfred Thomas

The Wave got off to a tremendous start when 3-star DT Alfred Thomas announced his signing:

Thomas ranked as the #19 prospect in Alabama, according to 247, as well the #47 DT in the country.

He had earned offers from many P5s, and the Wave held off a late run by conference rival Memphis for the prospect from Montgomery, AL.

LB Keitha Jones

Next up, recent commit Keitha Jones, who had previously committed to SMU, made it official by signing with the Wave.

This ATH from Port Arthur, TX hails from the same high school as incoming transfer running back Corey Dauphine.

Of note, while he played several positions in HS and was classified by the recruiting services as an athlete, he will project to play LB at Tulane.

LB La'Dedric Jackson

Finally, we expected one more signing today, and it came from La'Dedric Jackson also out of Montgomery, AL:

This 3-star prospect also attracted a lot of offers on the recruiting trail and ranks as the #30 Alabama recruit, according to 247.

A former Mizzou commit, Jackson will fill a need position on the D's depth chart as the second LB to sign in this class alongside Jones.

Big Picture

The dust certainly hasn't settled yet, but what is clear is that Coach Fritz and his staff have made an impressive step forward in the recruiting game.

When it's all said and done, the Wave's class will rank as one of the AAC's best for the first time ever.

As an early indicator as 247 hasn't been updated yet: their class calculator would place Tulane around #67 with the new additions. That would certainly be good for our best class during the recruiting rankings era, and I expect us to finish around there.

Of note, with the additions today, DC Jack Curtis will have a very promising core group to work with for his defensive front.

Merry Fritzmas to all. On to the offseason.