June 19, 2011

Visit leaves TU commit with good impression

This weekend marked the peak of Tulane's talent evaluation period, holding its one day camp on campus Saturday afternoon.

While seeds for the 2012 class and beyond were laid that afternoon, the most important aspect of the weekend may have been the visit of a prospect who is already on the commitment list.

Devon Breaux, who last month became the second player to commit to Tulane, spent his first significant amount of time between St. Charles and Claiborne Ave. on Friday afternoon, familiarizing himself with his future surroundings.

And, it likely came as a relief to everyone involved with Tulane's football program that the three-star (according to ESPN.com, Scout.com, 247sports.com) athlete thoroughly enjoyed his experience.

"It was as good as I had been told about," Breaux said. "We went all over the place with the athletic parts and the education parts and the living parts and it was all great. It all just worked together.

"When I was walking around, everything just seemed really cool. It was definitely good to see because I committed and didn't see it that closely, but now I'm completely happy with the decision I made."

The athlete from Donaldsonville, La. also got an opportunity to connect with Tulane's full coaching staff, his first true discussion with anyone beyond defensive backs coach Jason Rollins.

Sitting down with head coach Bob Toledo and a few other members of his staff gave Breaux a full vision of what he could do at the next level as a member of the Green Wave.

Since he's still deciding between a career at cornerback or wide receiver, the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder gained a measure of perspective by talking to both sides of the ball.

"They said they're going to let me make the decision and so I have a lot to think about," Breaux said. "I already have the size to play at corner, and if I play at receiver I need to do some more stuff because I'm short. But I know I can catch and I run fast, so its something that I can be good at."

Regardless of where his position is, he plans on being a part a the third phase of the game, eager to make an impact on special teams as a return man. It's something Tulane's coaches were thrilled to hear about.

"I'm interested in seeing just how the team plays this year and I'm planning on going to a bunch of the home games," Breaux said. "I'm going to watch and see where I can best fit in and where I can help the most. Then, we'll see how it goes once I get there for the next season."

In the meantime, he hopes to lure a few other highly-rated prospects to New Orleans as well. Breaux was recently listed amongst the ESPN 150, the first Tulane commitment to have been a part of the prestigious group.

With Jason Rollins rolling through the recruiting trail and two other three-stars already in tow - Walker Van Hooser and Lazedrick Thompson - Breaux sees a new level of talent ready to hit the Superdome.

"I'm one of the highest rated guys to go to Tulane and I hope that opens everybody else's eyes," Breaux said. "There's a lot that be done there."

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