Feb. 7, 2001
|1.||Jay Ashton||DL||6-3||252||Monroe, LA||Ouachita|
|2.||Trawick Boger||DB||6-1||190||Decatur, GA||Southwest Dekalb|
|3.||Gerald Brobbey||DB||5-9||180||Dallas, TX||Berkner|
|4.||Willie Christian||DL||6-5||240||Pensacola, FL||Pensacola|
|5.||Bobby Hoover||TE||6-4||240||Katy, TX||Taylor|
|6.||Kass Kemper||OL||6-4||275||Baton Rouge, LA||Catholic|
|7.||Kassem Khromachou||OL||6-3||300||Plano, TX||Plano West|
|8.||Antonio Mason||LB||6-0||200||Mobile, AL||Murphy|
|9.||Chris McGee||OL||6-4||255||Beaumont, TX||Ozen|
|10.||Cletus McGee||ATH||6-1||190||Tyler, TX||John Tyler|
|11.||Fred Perkins||WR||6-3||215||Brookhaven, MS||Brookhaven|
|12.||Brandon Rottmayer||DL||6-5||240||Clearwater, FL||Countryside|
|13.||Laine Sambrooks||DL||6-5||255||Houston, TX||Kingwood|
|14.||Jeff Sanders||RB||6-0||205||Jackson, MS||Provine|
|15.||Darren Sapp||DB||6-0||175||Jacksonville, FL||Stanton Prep|
|16.||Tristan Smith||ATH||6-0||185||Slidell, LA||Salmen|
|17.||Brandon Spincer||DB||6-2||215||New Orleans, LA||St. Augustine|
|18.||Joe Traina||OL||6-3||262||Coral Gables, FL||Coral Gables|
|19.||Matt Traina||OL||6-3||258||Coral Gables, FL||Coral Gables|
|20.||Chris Williams||LB||6-3||215||New Orleans, LA||Carver|
|21.||Bruce Youmans||DB||5-10||175||Gibsonton, FL||East Bay|
2001 TULANE SIGNEES BIOS
JAY ASHTON, DL, 6-3, 252, MONROE, LA. (OUACHITA)
Three-year starter at defensive end at Ouachita who was a second team All-Northeast Louisiana selection in 2000... Named one of the Top 25 prospects in Louisiana by SuperPrep... Earned second team All-District 2-5A recognition as a senior... Registered 162 total tackles and 19.5 sacks during his prep career... Compiled 76 tackles his senior season and had 6.5 quarterback sacks... His junior year, totaled 8.5 sacks and 58 tackles... Named team Defensive MVP as a senior... Played for Coach John Causey... Chose Tulane because it "had both academic and athletic requirements that I was looking for in a college".
TRAWICK BOGER, DB, 6-1, 190, DECATUR, GA. (SOUTHWEST DEKALB)
Three-year starter at quarterback at Southwest Dekalb in suburban Atlanta... Named to the 2000 All-Metro Atlanta team... One of the 2000 Dekalb County Super Eleven... Member of the All-Dekalb County team as a junior in 1999... Career totals including 2,580 yards passing and 1,680 yards rushing with 54 total touchdowns (23 passing, 31 rushing) and just 12 interceptions... As a senior, passed for a career-high 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns... Rushed for 600 yards and 11 scores... Led team to a 9-2 record in 2000... His junior season, passed for 950 yards and eight TDs while rushing for 680 yards and 12 scores... Coached by William "Buck" Godfrey... Qualified for the honor roll every semester of his high school career... Two-year letterwinner in baseball who hit .437 one season... Runs a 4.4 in the 40... Ran track as a junior... Chose Tulane because of the "personalities of the coaches and the chemistry of the players, not to mention the city of New Orleans".
GERALD BROBBEY, DB, 5-9, 180, DALLAS, TEXAS (BERKNER)
Used primarily at running back as a senior after playing two years in the secondary... An All-City and All-District selection as a senior... Named MVP of the K.S.H. Kickoff Classic... Berkner advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2000... Prep career totals include 138 tackles, three interceptions and eight touchdowns... As a senior, ran the ball 80 times for 577 yards, a 6.4-yard average, despite missing three games with injury... Also scored five touchdowns and made 15 catches for 168 yards... Made 10 tackles in limited action at defensive back... Playing primarily on defense as a junior in 1999, credited with 90 tackles... Sacked opposing quarterbacks eight times and scored one defensive touchdown... On offense, carried 10 times for 170 yards and scored twice... Tied for the District 19-5A sophomore of the year award in 1998 with 28 tackles and three interceptions... Coached by Jim Ledford... Runs 4.4 in the 40-yard dash... Ran track and competed in the regionals in powerlifting... Chose Tulane "because of life after football".
WILLIE CHRISTIAN, DL, 6-5, 240, PENSACOLA, FLA. (PENSACOLA)
Member of the Pensacola News-Journal "Super Senior" squad... First team All-Area selection... "Big Six" First Team defender... Made the FACA first team defense... Also chosen to WEAR-TV's Prep Sports first team defense... Earned the accolades despite not playing football as a sophomore or junior... Totaled 60 tackles as a senior... Credited with five quarterback sacks... Recovered six fumbles and knocked down 12 passes... Played for Coach Mike Bennett at Pensacola High... Currently a standout basketball player who is averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game... All-Area honorable mention in basketball as a junior... Chose Tulane because "it offers the best education in the South"... A National Ventures Scholar.
BOBBY HOOVER, TE, 6-4, 240, KATY, TEXAS (TAYLOR)
Two-time first-team All-District tight end out of Taylor High in Katy... Earned All-District honors in both 1999 and 2000... Led the team with 28 catches for 388 yards and three touchdowns as a senior... 28 receptions also led the district... Caught 18 passes for 305 yards and pair of scores his junior year... Two-year starter for Coach Bill Lane... Also lettered in basketball, baseball and track... An honorable mention all-district selection in basketball... Houston area finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award... Earned the Outstanding Student and Citizenship Awards for Katy High... Runs a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash... Chose Tulane because of "strong academics, a chance to play early and I really liked the coaches and players".
KASS KEMPER, OL, 6-4, 275, BATON ROUGE, LA. (CATHOLIC)
Second team All-State center as a senior at Baton Rouge Catholic... Twice won first team All-District 5-A honors, in 1999 and 2000... Graded out over 90 percent for the season in 2000... Served as a team captain as a senior... Played every position on the offensive line during his two years at Catholic... Moved to Baton Rouge from Texas prior to his junior year of high school... Catholic advanced to the quarterfinals in 1999... Possesses 5.1 speed in the 40... Coached by Dale Weiner... Chose Tulane because "it's always been a dream of mine".
KASSEM KHROMACHOU, OL, 6-3, 300, PLANO, TEXAS (PLANO WEST)
A first team all-district and all-area offensive lineman out of Plano West High... A new school that played its first season of varsity football in 2001, posting a 6-4 record... Named Most Valuable Lineman at Plano West... Tallied 10 "pancake" blocks in a game several times as a senior... Team ran behind him 86% of the time... Coached by Mark Reeve at Plano West, who said of Khromachou "He is just as mean as they come. He has the disposition of a defensive player."... Also threw the shot put 52-3 and won the district championship in that event as a junior... Chose Tulane because of its "coaches and players"... Lone 300-pounder among the 2001 signing class.
ANTONIO MASON, LB, 6-0, 200, MOBILE, ALA. (MURPHY)
First team All-State linebacker as a senior... Named to the Mobile Press-Register's All-Region and All-Metro teams... picked up Mobile Defensive Player of the Year honors from the First & 10 Club, the Optimist Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes... Team captain for coach Jim Sudieha... Earned his team's Linebacker of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors... Three-year letterwinner who totaled 340 tackles from 1998-2000... As a senior, credited with 148 tackles, including 87 solo stops... Tallied four quarterback sacks and 10 tackles for loss... Recovered a pair of fumbles and caused four... Picked off a pair of passes and broke up a pass... During his junior season, had 118 tackles with 69 solo... Credited with three sacks, four tackles for loss, two fumbles caused and two recovered, a pass break up and an interception... For his career, had nine sacks, 19 tackles for loss and four interceptions... Also plays basketball and participates in the throws (shot put, discus) in track and field... Member of the National Honor Society who is ranked 17th out of 379 seniors in his high school class with a 4.34 grade point average... A Ventures Scholar who is also listed in Who's Who Among American Students... Chose Tulane for its "high academic standards, location and the tradition of the football program and great players".
CHRIS MCGEE, OL, 6-4, 255, BEAUMONT, TEXAS (OZEN)
Offensive guard who was chosen one of the Top 66 players in Texas as a third team selection to the Texas Super Team, which consists of players from all classifications (1A-5A)... A second team 4A All-State choice as a senior... Also named to the second team All-Greater Houston squad by the Houston Chronicle... Earned first team all-district recognition... A member of the Port Arthur area Super 22 squad... Ranked the 13th best offensive lineman in Texas... As a senior, led Ozen in pancake blocks... Three-year starter who led his team to the playoffs each year and a 9-2 record his senior season... Earned second team all-district honors in 1998 and 1999... Played for Coach Arthur Louis... An all-district soccer player in 1999... Also threw the discus... Chose Tulane because it's a "team on the rise" with "strong academics".
CLETUS MCGEE, ATH, 6-1, 190, TYLER, TEXAS (JOHN TYLER)
Earned first team 5A all-state quarterback honors from the Dallas Morning News his senior year... Earned first team All-District 12-5A recognition... One of 11 players named to the All-East Texas first team... As a junior, made the honorable mention list for the All-East Texas squad... Second team all-district honoree in 1999... Led his team to the 2000 5A state championship game versus Katy... John Tyler finished the season with a 12-4 record... As a senior, carried the ball 70 times for 575 yards and completed 56 passes for 735 yards... Passed for 10 touchdowns and ran for five more... In two years on the varsity, rushed for 924 yards for an average of 9.2 yards per carry with 13 touchdowns... Threw for 971 yards with 15 touchdown passes... Played for Coach Allen Wilson at John Tyler... Sprinter who qualified for the regional meet in the 400 and 200... Ran the 400 in 47.5 seconds and posted a best time of 21.4 seconds in the 200... Chose Tulane because of the people, the campus, the coaches and the facilities.
FRED PERKINS, WR, 6-3, 215, BROOKHAVEN, MISS. (BROOKHAVEN)
First team All-State wide receiver in 2000... Member of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's "10 Most Wanted Prospects"... Named area MVP by the Brookhaven Daily Leader... Super Prep ranked him the #10 prospect in Mississippi... Selected offensive MVP of his district... Will participate in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game... MVP of his team... As a senior, rushed for 975 yards and 18 touchdowns... Added 125 receiving yards and three TD catches... In his high school career, gained 1,504 rushing yards and scored 24 TDs on the ground... Totalled 1,149 career receiving yards on 53 catches with 11 scores... Scored a total of 37 touchdowns during his high school career, including two on kickoff returns... Passed the 500-yard mark in receiving yards in both his junior and sophomore years... Led his team to a 7-3 record and a berth in the state playoffs as a senior... Coached by Greg Wall at Brookhaven... Also played centerfield for the Brookhaven baseball team... Named the district's Offensive MVP and led the district in hitting as a junior... Earned the team's Mr. Hustle Award... Chose Tulane "because I asked God about it and he told me this is the place for me".
BRANDON ROTTMAYER, DL, 6-5, 240, CLEARWATER, FLA. (COUNTRYSIDE)
Honorable mention all-state pick as a defensive lineman... Also made PrepStar Magazine's All-Region team... Area nominee for the Wendy's High School Heisman National award... Played on both the offensive and defensive lines in high school... First team All-Suncoast and All-County selection as an offensive lineman... A PCAC first team all-conference choice as a defensive lineman... For his career, totaled 187 tackles, 94 solo, with nine tackles for loss and 10 quarterback sacks... Recovered nine fumbles and forced 10... As a tight end, caught five passes for 57 yards with four going for touchdowns... His senior year, tallied 47 solo tackles and 29 assists with three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks...Recovered three fumbles and caused five in 2000... In his junior season, credited with 40 tackles, three tackles for loss and four sacks... Four of his catches that year went for touchdowns... His team won the district championship in 2000 and finished 7-5 under Coach Joe Ionata... Possesses 4.8 speed in the 40... Three-year letterwinner in basketball who led his team in rebounding and field goal percentage... Says "I chose Tulane because I don't want to sacrifice my education for football. At Tulane, I can have the best of both" .
LAINE SAMBROOKS, DL, 6-5, 255, HOUSTON, TEXAS (KINGWOOD)
Unanimous first team All-District 22-5A defensive end as a senior... Only played football for two years in high school... Collected 40 tackles during the regular season to lead the defensive line... Credited with 10 tackles in Kingwood's playoff game against #2 ranked Eisenhower... Recovered a pair of fumbles and caused two more during the season... Led Kingwood to the second district championship in school history as a senior... Team went undefeated in district play, as the defense held district opponents to 17 points in five games... Kingwood recorded three shutouts in district play... Coached by Ken Herring at Kingwood... Member of Kingwood's swimming and baseball teams his freshman and sophomore years... Owns a 3.3 grade point average... Signed with Tulane because "it's a great program with great coaches, great players and great academics".
JEFF SANDERS, RB, 6-0, 205, JACKSON, MISS. (PROVINE)
An All-State running back in Mississippi as a senior... Member of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's "Dandy Dozen" prospects in Mississippi... Ranked the #9 recruit in Mississippi by Super Prep... Also an All-Metro choice... Gained 3,542 yards on 499 carries during his prep career... Averaged 7.1 yards per carry... Added 20 receptions for 327 yards... Scored a school-record 39 career touchdowns... As a senior, gained 724 yards on 119 carries... Earned 1,914 yards and scored 24 touchdowns on 272 carries as a junior... Also played linebacker and defensive back... Led Provine to the 1999 South State Championship and a 13-2 record... Runs a 4.4 40... Coached by Willie Colllins at Provine... Cited "the city of New Orleans, the education and the family atmosphere" as his reasons for choosing Tulane.
DARREN SAPP, DB, 6-0, 175, JACKSONVILLE, FLA. (STANTON COLLEGE PREP)
Three-year starter who played running back, wide receiver and defensive back at Stanton Prep... Earned first team All-First Coast recognition as a senior... Made 95 tackles, including 65 solo stops, his senior season... Added 10 pass break-ups, an interception and two caused fumbles... Blocked a pair of punts in 2000... On offense, scored four touchdowns, three receiving and one rushing... Averaged 30 yards on kickoff returns... Totaled 205 tackles in his prep career, including 130 solos... Broke up 31 passes and picked off four in three seasons... Had a career high 13 PBUs as a junior in 1999 and eight his sophomore season... Blocked three punts his junior year... Played for Coach Freddie Stephens... Also played basketball and ran track at Stanton... Won the UNF High School Achievement Award... Cited "good academics" and the "coaching staff" as his reasons for choosing Tulane.
TRISTAN SMITH, ATH, 6-0, 185, SLIDELL, LA. (SALMEN)
Earned first team Class 4A All-State honors at quarterback following his junior and senior seasons... Member of The Times-Picayune's Top 16 Blue-Chip list... Named the No. 19 prospect in Louisiana by SuperPrep Magazine... Nokia Sugar Bowl High School Player of the Year... New Orleans Metro MVP his senior year and twice named to the All-Metro squad... Three-time first-team All-Parish QB in St. Tammany and was named MVP in 1999 and 2000... Also a three-time all-district choice and two-time district MVP... Named MVP of the 2000 Class 4A state championship game after rushing for 174 yards and completing 18-of-25 passes for 221 yards and two TDs in Salmen's 31-29 win over John Curtis... In his high school career, totaled 5,975 yards of total offense and 71 touchdowns... Completed 269-of-561 passes for 3,691 yards and 41 touchdowns with 24 interceptions... Rushed for 2,284 yards and 30 touchdowns on 420 carries, a 5.4-yard average... As a senior, completed 108-of-191 passes (56%) for 1,588 yards and 19 touchdowns with just five interceptions... Rushed 196 times for 1,344 yards and 17 scores... Threw for 1,102 yards on 90-of-190 passing with nine TDs as a junior... Gained 589 yards rushing on 126 carries with eight touchdowns... Team claimed district titles in each of his three years as a starter and went to the state quarterfinals in 1999 before winning the title in 2000 under Coach Bill Stubbs... Also participated in basketball, baseball and track... An all-district choice in baseball in 1998 and 1999 as a utility player... Signed with Tulane to "play for Coach Scelfo and get a great education".
BRANDON SPINCER, DB, 6-2, 215, NEW ORLEANS, LA. (ST. AUGUSTINE)
Member of the Times-Picayune's Top 16 Blue-Chip list... First team All-Metro and All-District choice as a senior... SuperPrep Magazine named him the top strong safety in Louisiana... The No. 15 prospect in Louisiana, accordinng to SuperPrep... Earned recognition as one of New Orleans' Top 25... Made 52 solo tackles as a senior... Big plays included five fumble recoveries, two caused fumbles and an interception... For his career, totaled 90 solo stops... Recovered nine fumbles and caused four... Picked off a pair of passes as a prep... Tallied 38 tackles in 1999... Played on offense as a sophomore and accounted for seven touchdowns with one passing, four rushing and two receiving... Team advanced to the state semifinals in 2000... St. Augustine was a quarterfinal team his junior year... Coached by Anthony Biagas... Ran a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash... Chose Tulane because it was "a team that has unity and pride in themselves".
JOE TRAINA, OL, 6-3, 262, CORAL GABLES, FLA. (CORAL GABLES)
Second-team Class 6A All-State choice as a senior... Also earned second team All-Dade County honors... Three-year starter at tackle and team captain as a senior for Coach Joe Montoya... Collected 22 "pancake" blocks as a senior... Graded out at 88 percent for the season... Coral Gables fielded the #1 offense in Dade County in both 1999 and 2000... His senior year, the Cavaliers totaled more than 3,000 rushing yards and 1,400 passing yards and scored 51 touchdowns... In 1999, CGHS had more than 1,600 rushing and 1,500 passing yards... Team qualified for the state playoffs in both 1999 and 2000... Runs a 4.9 40... National Honor Society member who will graduate in the top seven percent of his high school class... Signed with Tulane "because of the unique blend of hard-nosed football with a top quality education".
MATT TRAINA, OL, 6-3, 258, CORAL GABLES, FLA. (CORAL GABLES)
First-team Class 6A All-State choice as a senior... All-Dade County first team selection as well... Three-year starter at tackle for Coach Joe Montoya... Collected 30 "pancake" blocks as a senior... Graded out at 89 percent for the year... Coral Gables fielded the #1 offense in Dade County in both 1999 and 2000... His senior year, the Cavaliers totaled more than 3,000 rushing yards and 1,400 passing yards and scored 51 touchdowns... In 1999, CGHS had more than 1,600 rushing and 1,500 passing yards... Team qualified for the state playoffs in both 1999 and 2000... Team captain as a senior... Runs a 4.9 40... National Honor Society member who will graduate in the top seven percent of his high school class... Chose Tulane for its "outstanding blend of athletics and academics".
CHRIS WILLIAMS, LB, 6-3, 215, NEW ORLEANS, LA (CARVER)
First team All-State linebacker as a senior... Named to the All-Louisiana team in 1999 and 2000... Selected MVP of his district following his senior season... A three-time all-district choice (1998, '99, 2000)... Also named Defensive MVP of his Carver High team all three years... In his career, made 313 tackles, forced 22 fumbles and collected 21 quarterback sacks... As a senior, registered 96 tackles and 13 sacks, and forced six fumbles... In his junior season, compiled 81 tackles and four sacks... Intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown that season... Also tallied a safety... Credited with 90 tackles, three sacks and eight fumbles forced his sophomore season... Four-year starter at middle linebacker for Coach Jack Phillips... Also played offensive tackle... Ran the 40 in 4.5 seconds... Carver advanced to the playoffs in each of his last three years and went to the third round in 1999... Joins high school teammate Lynaris Elpheage at Tulane... Chose Tulane because of its "excellent academic and athletic program".
BRUCE YOUMANS, DB, 5-10, 175, GIBSONTON, FLA. (EAST BAY)
Played quarterback, defensive back, running back, wide receiver and returned kicks during his prep career... Second team All-Conference choice in 2000... Named the Outstanding Quarterback in the American Division of the Western Conference despite missing three games with a sprained ankle... Captained the team as a senior and, as the quarterback, led the team to its first playoff appearance in 27 years... As a junior, averaged 9.2 yards per carry at running back and 35.4 yards per kickoff return... Scored twice on kickoff returns as a junior, including a 100-yard run back... Team recorded its best record in school history (10-1) in 1998... Won the Florida Class 6A 200-meter state championship as a sophomore in a time of 21.2 seconds... Was runner-up in the 100 meters... Has run a 10.5 in the 100... Member of the high school football All-Academic Team as a senior... Coached by Brian Thornton at East Bay... Chose Tulane because of the "great school and outstanding coaching staff".