Feb. 7, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Tulane Green Wave football team added 21 players Wednesday as Head Coach Chris Scelfo and his staff inked the first full class of the Scelfo era.
"We are excited about this group of players," Scelfo said. "They bring a lot of depth and quality to our overall team, and we have increased both our speed and our size with this class."
The 2001 class was heavy on linemen and defensive backs as Tulane signed nine offensive or defensive linemen and five defensive backs. The Green Wave signed six players each from Florida and Texas, along with five from Louisiana, a pair from Mississippi and one from both Georgia and Alabama.
"We concentrated on the Gulf Coast area," Scelfo said. "I think this class is very representative of the areas we want to recruit, led by our home state of Louisiana, but also concentrating heavily in Florida, Texas and other neighboring states."
Tulane's 2001 class includes 11 players who earned all-state honors in their respective home states. By position, the group includes five defensive backs and an equal number of offensive lineman, four defensive linemen, two linebackers and two players classified as "athletes". The Green Wave signed one running back, one tight end and one wide receiver.
"I thought our coaching staff did a good job of identifying our needs and signing players to supplement our present team," Scelfo said. "All these signees are good players, but more importantly, they're excellent students and they're good people who will represent Tulane on and off the field. We're extremely happy to have them in our program."
The Green Wave opens preparation for the 2001 season with spring practice sessions tentatively set to begin March 13.