February 3, 1999
NEW ORLEANS - Head coach Chris Scelfo announced his first recruiting class for the Tulane Green Wave today. The 23 members of the 1999 signees are as follows:
Alex Battard- DL, 6-4, 240, River Ridge, La. (John Curtis)
Had three sacks in state championship victory over Eunice ... Helpled lead Curtis to three-consecutive state championships ... Named all-state and all-district as a junior despite missing three games due to an elbow injury ... Coached by J.T. Curtis ... Selected Tulane over SMU, Ole Miss, Auburn and Ohio State.
Darryl Blappert - DL, 6-7, 255, Slidell, La. (Salmen)
Named first-team all-district, all-parish and all-metro ... Had 59 tackles, eight sacks and 11 quarterback hurries in 11 games as a senior ... Also forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles ... Listed among the top 38 players in Louisiana by SuperPrep ... Coached by Bill Stubbs ... Chose Tulane over Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Louisiana Tech.
Darlvon Bracy - RB 5-11 185 Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian)
Named Jacksonville Quarterback Club's Player of the Year in 1997 ... First-team class 3A all-state ... Named one of the top 24 players in the state of Florida after rushing for 5,424 career yards and 36 touchdowns ... Had 72 career touchdowns, 48 career receptions and 28 career interceptions ... Coached by Verlon Dormincy ... Chose Tulane over North Carolina, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Brent Brothers - QB 6-2 215 Angleton, Texas (Angleton)
Two-time all-district selection completed over 55 percent (144-of-259) of his passes while throwing for 15 touchdowns and just four interceptions as a senior ... Named district MVP for his accomplishments ... Named to the Houston Chronicle's list of top 50 recruits ... Named one of the top 100 recruits in the state of Texas by Max Emfinger ... Coached by Mark Wright ... Chose Tulane over Baylor, Texas Tech and Houston.
Quentin Brown - FS 5-11 190 Ennis, Texas (Ennis)
Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year had 113 total tackles and five interceptions as a senior ... Was also named district Defensive Player of the Year and all-state defensive back by Texas sportswriters ... Named among the top 100 prospects in Texas by the Dallas Morning News ... Also excelled in punt and kickoff returns ... Tremendous track athlete won state championships in the triple jump (47'10") and as a member of the sprint relay team ... Coached by Sam Harrell ... Chose Tulane over Oklahoma, Baylor, South Carolina, Arkansas and New Mexico.
Burl Burns - S 5-11 185 Ferriday, La. (Vidalia)
All-district offensive MVP rushed for 1300 yards on 220 carries as a senior ... Named both all-state and all-district at defensive back after recording 65 tackles and two interceptions ... Team captain scored 18 touchdowns rushing and passed for two more ... Had 500 yards in kick returns ... Recorded 45 tackles as an all-district defensive back during junior season ... Also played baseball, where he hit .300 with two home runs as an all-district performer in 1998 ... Ran track as a freshman and sophomore ... Coached by Dalton Faircloth ... Chose Tulane over LSU, Arkansas, Southern Miss and Mississippi State.
Floyd Dorsey - DE 6-3 238 Tyler, Texas (John Tyler)
Three-year starter for one of the most successful programs in the state of Texas ... Collected 65 tackles and 16 quarterback sacks as district 12-5A Defensive Player of the Year in 1998 ... Named both first-team all-district and first-team all-East Texas ... Named among the top 100 players in Texas by Alliance Sports ... Coached by Allen Wilson ... Chose Tulane over Baylor, Texas A&M, New Mexico and SMU.
James Dunn - WR 5-9 165 Santa Monica, Calif. (St. Monica Catholic)
Three-year starter at both wide receiver and defensive back ... Second all-time in the state of California with 230 career receptions ... District MVP caught 98 passes for 1,560 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior ... Nominated for California-Texas Shrine Game ... Was also an all-conference shortstop in baseball ... Coached by Norm Lacy ... Chose Tulane over New Mexico, California, Army and San Diego State.
Howard Fontenette - DB 5-11 175 Houston, Texas (North Shore)
Played quarterback as a senior and was selected district offensive MVP ... Two-time all-district selection helped lead NSHS to a 7-4 mark in 1998 ... Passed for 824 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for another 816 yards and 16 more TDs ... Averaged 7.8 yards per rush as a senior ... Completed 57 of 123 passes during 1998 season ... Coached by David Aymond ... Chose Tulane over Rice, Houston, Navy and Purdue.
Terry Fontenot - DB 6-0 185 Lake Charles, La. (LaGrange)
All-district 3-5A selection had 37 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries in 1998 ... Credited with 10 passes broken up ... Named second-team all-state by the Louisiana High School Coaches Association ... Earned All-Southwestern Louisiana honors ... Class 5A honorable mention all-state ... Also played wide receiver ... Coached by Mike Johns ... Chose Tulane over Texas A&M, Baylor, Northeast Louisiana, McNeese State and Southwestern Louisiana.
Kerwin Jones - WR/CB 6-2 190 Patterson, La. (Patterson)
Two-time all-district selection at both wide receiver and defensive back ... Named both all-Acadiana and honorable mention all-state in 1998 ... Caught 31 passes for 627 yards and nine touchdowns offensively ... Defensively, credited with 22 tackles, six interceptions, 18 pass deflections, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Member of the Times-Picayune Top 20 Blue Chip List ... First team all-district and district 6-2A basketball MVP during 1997-98 season ... Coached by Tommy Minton ... Selected Tulane over LSU and Miami in football and over Georgetown in basketball.
Seth Marler - PK 6-2 170 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview)
Three-year starter ... 10-of-14 on field goal attempts as a senior, with a longest of 49 yards ... Connected on 29-of-32 PAT tries ... Placed all but three kickoffs into the endzone ... Coached by Cecil Flowe ... Chose Tulane over Georgia, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt.
Adrian Mitchell - Athlete 5-10 180 Alexandria, La. (Bolton)
Central Louisiana MVP rushed for 1,561 yards and 16 touchdowns while passing for 623 yards and nine TDs during senior season ... Named district 3-4A MVP and honorable mention all-state ... Senior co-captain ... Twice named Bolton's offensive team MVP ... Also played defensive back in high school ... Qualified for state track meet in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 400-meter relay as a junior ... Coached by Brownie Parmley ... Chose Tulane over Auburn, Southern Miss, Rice and Louisiana Tech.
Nick Narcisse - WR 6-0 175 Slidell, La. (Salmen)
A starter at both receiver and defensive back for Salmen ... Returned three punts for touchdowns as a senior ... Coached by Bill Stubbs ... Chose Tulane over Southern Miss and Southwestern Louisiana.
Daniel Nevil - LB 6-2 210 New Orleans, La. (Shaw)
An all-district 9-5A selection after recording 57 solo tackles and 32 assists as a senior ... Second-leading tackler at Shaw in 1998 ... Credited with 11 quarterback sacks ... Also had six pass breakups and 13 quarterback hurries ... Coached by Hank Tierney ... Chose Tulane over Southern Miss, Northeast Louisiana and Southwestern Louisiana.
Chris Peterson - Athlete 6-0 192 Pasaden, Calif. (Loyola)
Posted a 23-3-1 record as a two-year starter at quarterback ... Named Del Ray League Offensive Player of the Year after completing 54 percent of his passes (91-of-169) for 1,328 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions ... Two-year totals included 2,536 passing yards, 26 passing TDs, 780 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns ... Coached by Steve Grady ... Chose Tulane over Oregon, Air Force, California and San Diego State.
Tim Pinter - TE 6-5 225 River Ridge, La. (Country Day)
Four-year starter at both tight end and defensive end ... 1998 district MVP caught 12 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns offensively and had 64 tackles and two sacks defensively ... Two-time all-East Jefferson Parish and all-metro as both a tight end and defensive end ... Coached by Richard Wood ... Chose Tulane over Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss.
Jeff Sanchez - RB 5-11 175 Meraux, La. (Hannan)
Four-time all-state and all-metro running back ... Rushed for 1,432 yards as a senior ... Member of the Times-Picayune Top 20 Blue Chip List ... Had 1,687 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing as a junior ... Named to Bill Buchhalter's Southeast Super 27 as a kick returner ... Outstanding sprinter on the Hannan track team ... Coached by Richard Walker ... Chose Tulane over SMU, Clemson and Texas A&M.
Renzi Sandras - OL 6-4 265 Cutoff, La. (South LaFourche)
First-team all-parish selection ... Also earned all-district and all-state honors ... Named to the East-West All-Star Game ... Three-time high school academic all-American ... Outstanding track and field performer won state titles in discus and javelin while finishing third in the shot put ... Coached by Nessie Pierce ... Chose Tulane over LSU, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech.
J.J. Scott - QB 5-11 175 Laurel, Miss. (R.W. Watkins)
All-district selection as a senior ... Combined for 3,776 yards passing and 33 touchdowns during final two prep campaigns ... Passed for 1,791 yards and 13 touchdowns in 227 attempts as a senior ... Coached by Buddy Duke ... Chose Tulane over Ole Miss, Southern Miss and UAB.
Emmanuel Sewell - LB 6-2 220 Houston, Texas (North Shore)
Led NSHS to a 7-4 record as an all-district senior by collecting 85 total tackles ... Credited with 49 solo stops, 36 assists, seven quarterback sacks and one caused fumble ... Named among the top 100 players in Texas by Alliance Sports ... Two-time unanimous all-district ... Discus thrower ... Ran track as a junior ... Coached by David Aymond ... Chose Tulane over North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Houston and Texas A&M.
Terrence Tarver - DL 6-2 245 West Monroe, La. (West Monroe)
Four-year letterwinner at WMHS ... Started for three-straight class 5A state championship teams ... First-team all-district and honorable mention all-state as a senior ... First-team all-district and second-team all-state as a junior ... Credited with 196 tackles, 19 quarterback sacks, 16 tackles for loss and 12 quarterback hurries ... Also caused three fumbles and recovered five fumbles ... Named first-team academic all-state ... Named Who's Who Among American High School Students ... Coached by Don Shows ... Selected Tulane over Rice, Southern Miss, Arkansas and Kentucky.
Marlon Tickles - DE 6-2 274 Austell, Ga. (Pebblebrook)
Helped lead Pebblebrook High to a 10-2 record in 1998 by recording 64 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks ... Also credited with four tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries ... Averages 10 points per game for PHS basketball team ... Batted .346 with six home runs for Pebblebrook's baseball squad ... Coached by Chuck Stines ... Chose Tulane over Memphis, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Georgia Southern.