Feb. 2, 2000
NEW ORLEANS, La. - - Tulane head football coach Chris Scelfo announced Wednesday that 11 student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and compete for the Green Wave. The group will join the team in the fall of 2000.
Tulane's recruiting Class of 2000 could be one of the strongest in school history. An extremely versatile and athletic group, this class includes an even mix of eight offensive and three defensive players, and features seven players from the state of Louisiana.
"While this may not be an exceptionally large class in terms of numbers, we definitely feel that this is a group with tremendous talent," said Scelfo. "Each of these student-athletes helps us fill a need and improve as a football team."
Six of the 11 signees earned all-state accolades, six were two-way standouts, three were team captains and all 11 garnered all-district or all-region honors. As a testament to the group's athletic ability, one of the recruits is a state 100-meter dash champion.
"There is no question that we have improved the athletic ability of our team," said Scelfo. "We wanted to bring in the type of players that would fit into our aggressive, attacking style of play."
Coach Scelfo feels that this recruiting class is the next step in his efforts to strengthen the tradition-rich Green Wave program. "There is no question that a strong recruiting effort is essential to building a strong foundation," he said. "The quality of this class is an indication of the type of commitment we're making to Tulane football."
Scelfo, entering his second full season as head coach, and the Green Wave will open the 2000 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 2, at Ole Miss.
Edgar Algere 5-11, 225, LB, New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine) One of the city's top defensive players, Algere also served as team captain. Totaled 115 tackles as a senior. A two-time all-district honoree. Named to the WWL all-district team. Helped team to a berth in the state quarterfinals. Played for Coach Tony Biagas. Chose Tulane over Arkansas, Baylor and Louisiana Tech.
Kris Coleman 6-0, 225, RB, Marrero, La. (Shaw) A two-year starter, Coleman earned all-state honors as a senior. Totaled 800 yards rushing with 14 TD's. Caught 27 passes as a senior for 350 yards and earned offensive MVP honors. A versatile fullback with great hands and a 4.6 40-yard dash time, who also returned kick-offs. A first team all-district kick returner. Served as team captain. Listed by Super Prep magazine as the top fullback in Louisiana. Played for Coach Hank Tierney. Chose Tulane over USC and Notre Dame.
Lonnie Crayton 6-3, 270, DT, Springfield, Fla. (Rutherford) A two-year all-county and all-district selection, Crayton also earned second team all-state honors as a senior. Registered 106 tackles and nine sacks as a senior and blocked two punts and forced five fumbles. Listed by Super Prep magazine as the fourth best prospect in the state. Played for Coach Steve Hardin. Chose Tulane over Georgia Tech and South Carolina.
Lynaris Elpheage 5-9, 168, WR, New Orleans, La. (Carver) A USA Today honorable mention All-America. Named Player of the Year by the Sugar Bowl and earned Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year honors. A two-time All-Metro selection. Played four different positions as a prep star. Led Carver to the Class 4A quarterfinals. Passed for 2,300 yards and 34 TD's, while rushing for 270 yards and eight scores as a senior. Earned All-Metro Large School MVP honors as a junior, by combining for more than 2,200 total yards and 31 TD's. Played for Coach Jack Phillips. Chose Tulane over Clemson, Georgia and Ole Miss.
Wesley Heath 6-0, 195, S, Marietta, Ga. (Wheeler) Averaged 10 tackles per game last season at Wheeler High School. Was an All-Cobb County selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and an All-county selection by the Marietta Daily Journal. As a senior, Heath played on both sides of the ball, totaling 110 tackles and two interceptions on defense, while adding 800 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. Tallied 12 career interceptions. Played for Coach Mike Donnally. Chose Tulane over Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia Tech and Auburn.
Jimmy Kosienski 6-7, 260, TE, Baton Rouge, La. (Redemptorist) Played both tight end and offensive lineman as a senior. Two-time All-District, first team All-Metro, second team All-State, and Louisiana Frenchman on the Week. Best on Offense 2000, Top Dog Award winner, Top Graded Blocker three years in a row. Very hard-nosed player that served as a team captain. Played for Coach Sid Edwards. Chose Tulane over LSU, Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi.
Ronald McClendon 5-8, 180, RB, Ponchatoula, La. (Ponchatoula) One of the nation's top running backs, McClendon was a first-team all-state selection. An extremely versatile athlete, McClendon has also played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back as a prep player. Played for Coach Jeff Lyons. Was the Louisiana 100-meter dash champion in high school and is one of the fastest players in the nation. Listed in Super Prep magazine as the eighth best recruit in Louisiana. Selected Tulane over Tennessee, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky and Auburn.
Mewelde Moore 6-1, 195, TB, Baton Rouge, La. (Belaire) A two-time All-District and the All-Metro MVP on Offense. He was also on the Louisiana Sportswriter's All-State team and the Louisiana High School Coaches Second Team. He became the leading rusher at Belaire and also set the school record for most TD's in a season with 24 of them. He amassed 1,638 yds. rushing and 279 yds. receiving his senior season. A two-sport athlete, he was 1st team All-District, All-Region, and on the La. Coaches All-State team. He also owns the school record for stolen bases at Belaire. Academically, he was on the National Honor Society and a Mathematics Merit Award Winner. Played for Coach Barry Amedee. Chose Tulane over LSU, Southern Mississippi, and SMU.
Eddie Robinson 6-3, 235, TE, Venice, Calif. (Venice) An all-state performer, Robinson caught 20 passes for 500 yards and eight TD's as a senior. Played defensive end as a junior, registering 53 tackles and three sacks. Played for Coach Angelo Gasca. Listed in Super Prep magazine as one of the top recruits in the Far West. Chose Tulane over Virginia, Kansas State, Arizona State and Oregon.
Kory Thigpen 6-4, 235, TE, Taylorsville, Miss. (Taylorsville) Led team to Mississippi state championship as a junior. Had 36 career catches for 11 TD's. Earned all-district honors two times. A pass-catching specialist, Thigpen chose Tulane over Ole Miss, Clemson, Auburn and LSU. Played for Coach Shannon White.
6-2, 175, WR, Reserve, La. (East St. John)
One of the top receivers in the South, Williams caught 53 passes for 1,101 yards and 23 TD's last season. Is a member of The Times-Picayune Top 20 Blue Chip List. Was a two-time all-metro player, an All-River Parish pick and the MVP of the district. Listed by Super Prep magazine as the tenth best prospect in the state. Played for Coach Ronnie Stephens. An outstanding baseball player as well, Williams is also a Major League Baseball prospect. Chose Tulane over Georgia Tech, Florida, LSU and Texas A&M.