Aug. 30, 2000
NEW ORLEANS -- The Tulane Green Wave football program picked up two of its biggest recruits of the 2000 season -- again -- on Wednesday, when freshmen Roydell Williams and Mewelde Moore indicated they will remain with the Green Wave.
Moore, a fourth-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres from Baton Rouge's Belaire High, signed a contract with the Padres that allows him to play football for Tulane and report to the Padres minor league system after the academic year is concluded. The 6-1, 195-pounder is the Green Wave's second team running back and will see action in Tulane's season opener at Ole Miss Saturday.
"I'm extremely happy," Moore said. "I made a commitment to Tulane and I never turned away from them, just like they never turned from me. I love competition, I love football and I love baseball. This gives me the opportunity to live out my dream of playing professional baseball, just like playing college football is a dream."
Williams, a 6-2, 175-pound freshman from Reserve, La., attended classes at Tulane Wednesday, thus ending his window of opportunity to sign a professional baseball contract. The East St. John High product was drafted in the fifth round of the 2000 major league baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He is currently listed second on the Tulane depth chart at wide receiver and is expected to see extensive action in the season opener versus Ole Miss Saturday.
"It's a big relief to us as a team, but even more so for those two guys," said Green Wave Head Coach Chris Scelfo of the players' decisions. "They have never wavered from their desire to play this fall and it's a tribute to those two guys. Both of them are in a position to help us right away."
The Green Wave continued practices for Ole Miss Saturday with a 2 1/2 hour practice at the McWilliams Athletic Complex. All players, including defensive end Matt Glapion, who missed most of preseason workouts with a right ankle sprain, participated in the practice session. Glapion is listed as questionable for the Ole Miss game. The game will be televised locally on WNOL-TV (WB 38) and can be heard on WWL-AM Radio (870).
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