2008 Tulane Football Signing Day Blog
6:15 a.m. - Recruiting coordinator Doug Lichtenberger, running backs coach Greg Davis, Jr., and director of football operations Tony Kinkela set up shop on the third floor of the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center in anticipation of the first National Letter of Intent coming through the fax machine.
6:16 a.m. - Greg Davis, Jr., has his first Diet Coke of the day.
6:17 a.m. - Greg Davis, Jr., starts his second Diet Coke of National Signing Day 2008.
6:30 a.m. - Coaches fielding phone calls from potential signees. Lots of smiles around the football office.
7:01 a.m. - Eric Jones (6-6, 290) becomes the first official signee to join the Green Wave for the 2008 season. An offensive lineman from Hoover, Ala., Jones lettered four years at Spain Park High where he earned all-state and first-team All-Shelby County recognition as a senior.
7:02 a.m. - Shortly after Jones' NLI comes through, Tulane's first Louisiana signee hits the fax machine as Baton Rouge native D.J. Ponder's NLI comes through. Ponder (6-2, 185) was used primarily as a wide receiver during his career at Catholic High, but Tulane head coach Bob Toledo plans on using him at quarterback.
7:05 a.m. - A pair of teammates from Alief Elsik in Houston - Emmanuel Aluko (6-3, 280) and Chris Asumnu (6-1, 271) - sent in their NLI's. Asmunu is a defensive lineman who lettered three years as both an offensive and defensive lineman and earned all-district honors twice. His sister is Gloria Asumnu, an All-American track standout at Tulane.
Aluko is a defensive lineman, who along with Asumnu, spent part of his career with the offense. He was a three-year letterman and an all-district performer.
7:08 a.m. - Harris Howard's NLI comes through and he will join the Green Wave from Alpharetta, GA. Howard (6-4, 288) is a three-year letterman offensive lineman from Blessed Trinity Catholic High. Howard will provide great talent for the Green Wave with well deserved first-team All-District 5-3A honors.
7:15 a.m. - The compliance office has just pushed through two more NLI's. One of those is Rich Bell, a 6-1, 270 lb. defensive lineman from Mendon, Mass., who played both center and nose guard at Salisbury School and was named All-Northeast by Superprep Magazine. Another NLI received was from Rafael Vazquez, a 6-5, 321 lb. offensive lineman from Orlando, where he was a three-year letterman and helped lead the Edgewater Eagles to a 20-5 combined record in his final two prep seasons.
7:21 a.m.- Three-year varsity letterman from Lamar Consolidated and Thurgood Marshall High School in Houston, Kristofar Rhymes (6-0, 200), sends in his NLI. Rhymes proves to be a talented addition to the Green Wave as he has seen action as a running back, tight end, linebacker, and strong safety. He achieved first team All-District honors as a senior and was rated No. 84 safety in the nation by Scout.com.
7:41 a.m. - Ian Harson (5-11, 175), an All-district and All-Southwest La., defensive back from Iowa, La., sent in his letter-of-intent.
7:45 a.m. - Steve Barrios, color analyst for the Tulane Green Wave football radio broadcasts, is reporting live updates from inside the War Room for WIST Radio, as is Gus Kattengel of WWL Radio.
8:15 a.m. - A pair of athletes from Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La., Troy Wainwright and Nathan Austin, sent their NLI's to Tulane. Wainwright is a 6-3, 230 lb. tight end who lettered three years and played both tight end and defensive end. Austin is a 6-1, 206 lb. running back who lettered for four years and earned first team all-district honors as a senior.
8:29 a.m. - The fax machine is getting hot as two more NLI's come through. Alex Lauricella (6-0, 180), a defensive back from River Ridge, La., will join the Green Wave as well. He was a four-year letterman from John Curtis Christian High where he helped lead the Patriots to a combined 60-3 record, including three State 2A Championships. To follow Lauricella, is Kasey Stelly (6-1, 231), a three-year letterman from St. Thomas More High in Lafayette, La. As a fullback, Stelly helped lead the Cougars to three consecutive District 3-5A titles, and earned all-district honors as a junior.
8:52 a.m. - Another Louisiana signee is added to the list, with Kadeem Taylor's NLI. Representing Carroll High from Monroe, La., Taylor (6-4, 235) earned first-team All-District honors as a defensive lineman and named honorable-mention All-Northeast Louisiana as a senior.
9:13 a.m. - Tulane has received a letter-of-intent from Sule Osagiede (6-0, 190), a linebacker from Houston's Lamar Consolidated High School, where he was a four-year letterman at linebacker and fullback. He helped lead the Mustangs to three straight district titles, and was named district Defensive MVP and second-team all-state as a senior.
9:15 a.m. - Casey Blum, a 6-3, 245 lb. defensive lineman from Moorpark, Calif., just north of Los Angeles, sent his NLI to the Green Wave coaches. Blum was a three-year letterman who claimed All-San Fernando Valley/North Region Team, all-county and the Marmonte League's Lineman of the year honors as a senior.
9:23 a.m. - Steve Barrios has a lot to update with more than 15 national letters received so far this morning. The live broadcast reports will heat up even more in an hour when Tulane Recruiting Coordinator, Doug Lichtenberger, joins Barrios for an inside interview.
9:54 a.m. -The fax machines are breathing a little easier now that the NLI blitz has halted. So far, Tulane has received 16 NLI's, including five defensive lineman, three offensive linemen, three defensive backs, two running back/fullbacks, one linebacker, one tight end and one quarterback. The 2008 class is starting to fill out, but the coaches are still nervously waiting for letters to arrive.
10:07 a.m. - The fax machine woke up from its nap to print the NLI from Darryl Farley, a 5-11, 228 linebacker from Grady HS in Atlanta. Farley played both running back and linebacker and was named to the All-Dixie region by Superprep Magazine.
10:20 a.m. - A run down the list of Green Wave signees will make one think the coaching staff signed guys to make a push for Tulane to dominate the "all-name" team this year in college football. The 2008 pronunciation key will be extensive.
10:25 a.m. - Doug Lichtenberger prepares for his exclusive radio interview at 10:30 with Steve Barrios on WIST AM 690.
10:27 a.m. - Ryan Griffin, a 6-4, 211 lb. quarterback from Chaminade College Prep in Santa Monica, Calif., sent his NLI to Tulane. Griffin was a two-year letterman and named to the All-Far West Area team by Superprep Magazine. He was also named to the All-Mission League team twice and garnered Mission League Offensive MVP honors his senior year.
10:34 a.m. - The Green Wave coaching staff has received its 19th and final NLI for the 2008 recruiting class, barring any unforeseen circumstances, with the receipt of a letter from David Allen. Allen (6-2, 200) is a linebacker from South Pasadena, Calif., where he lettered for four years as a fullback, tight end and linebacker. He earned All-Rio Honda League honors as a senior at both tight end and linebacker.
10:52 a.m. - Be sure to tune in at 2 p.m. for Coach Bob Toledo's National Signing Day Press Conference, which will be streamed live on the Internet on TulaneGreenWave.com to members of the All-Access package.