Green Wave gains momentum

Tulane has picked up four new commitments for the Class of 2013, multiple sources report.

Three-star defensive tackle Antonio McGhee (Bossier City, La./Parkway), who had been committed to Louisiana Tech, was the most heavily sought of the four recruits. The 6-foot-2, 270-pounder flipped his commitment because he felt Tulane gave him a better shot of making it to the N.F.L. according to the Times-Picayune:

"Just sitting down and talking to Coach (Curtis) Johnson, he knows what it takes to make it to the next level. I know the type of caliber coach he is: a no-nonsense type of person."

Defensive end Eric Bell (Edgard, La./West Saint John) will join McGhee in the trenches.

The Green Wave also upgraded their linebacking corps, as they secured verbal commitments from Nico Marley (Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay) and Quinlan Carroll (Belle Chasse, La.). Carroll also held offers from Minnesota, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, McNeese State and Northwestern. Like McGhee, he cited the coaching staff to the Times-Picayune:

"I think (tight ends and running backs coach David Johnson) was really laid-back and in touch with his player's ways. He was just really down to earth."