NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Tulane head coach Willie Fritz was pretty honest on the second and final signing day.
“I don’t want to say it’s anti-climatic, but you sign everybody in that early signing period. We signed 21 guys, we only signed one today,” said Fritz.
That makes 22 total, with 16 three-stars from 11 different states. Five from Louisiana, including Ponchatoula’s Tyjae Spears, Hahnville’s Jha’Quan Jackson, and John Curtis defensive lineman Colby Orgeron.
“I’ve said this before, but this is a heavily recruited state, and it should be because there’s a lot of great football here. We feel like the guys we added from Louisiana are really good football players. We’d like that number to get up to eight, nine, ten. We 're not going to go away from what we’re looking for in a guy,” said Fritz.
One of those players is transfer wide receiver Jalen McCleskey. His father is on the coaching staff. McCleskey comes to Tulane after spending three seasons at Oklahoma State.
The Saint Paul’s product is happy to be home, and the Greenies are glad to have him.
“It was a pretty big factor being close to home, being with family, being so far away at Oklahoma St. I also like what Coach Fritz is doing here. I watched a lot of their games last year. My dad was on the coaching staff. I really like what he’s got going on here,” said wide receiver Jalen McCleskey.
“Great football player. Believe it or not, I stayed completely out of that deal. I saw his dad every single day, and it was really wearing on his dad. He never missed a performance, a game or a practice. All of those things, with Jalen growing up, and the guys got a great experience at a high, high level of football,” said Fritz.