Tulane will enter the 2012 season on the wave of a 10-game losing streak and first-year head coach Curtis Johnson and his staff have a lot of work to do to try and get the Green Wave headed in the right direction.
While only time will tell if the New Orleans native can build Tulane into winners, in the early going at least they are enjoying some successful moments on the recruiting trail. In the days just prior to this past signing day, Tulane was able to land a four-star in-state prospect and on- time Texas A&M commit Darion Moore. Now they have followed that up by landing another four-star in-state prospect as they gained a verbal this weekend from offensive line prospect Christopher Taylor (Zachary, La.).
The top-ten guard prospect is someone we’re surprised hasn’t garnered a little more interest and we believe the Green Wave landed themselves a solid little steal at the guard position. He is a tough kid who displays a nasty finishing attitude with adequate height and good bulk at this stage. For a program that ranked 86th in rushing last season, Taylor can provide a helpful piece in trying to get that improved down the road, as he can be a physical run blocker. He moves well for his size, flashing good pull/trap ability as well. Will likely need more development in this area, but does flash the tools to be a good interior pass blocker as he displays a strong initial punch that can jolt rushers as well as the ability to bend and play balanced.
This is a very nice in-state pick-up for Tulane. A guard pick-up, though, will not get people buzzing and it will take more than a player like Taylor to get Tulane back in the win column consistently, but you add a good in-state prospect like Taylor with a good prospect like Moore and all of a sudden Tulane is beginning to upgrade the talent on their roster and slowly putting together the pieces to give them a chance to get things turned around in the Johnson era.