Tulane commitment progress report

Sherman Badie

Sherman Badie, Tulane's most recent commit, is one of four John Curtis Christian 2013 prospects pledged to the Green Wave...

Updates on three of Tulane's four John Curtis commits below...offensive lineman Brandon Godfrey is the fourth pledge.

  • SHERMAN BADIE -- Badie is on pace to lead John Curtis in rushing for the second straight year. The senior's versatility adds to his value. Badie is primarily a running back, although he took a lot of snaps on defense earlier during his career.

    Badie topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time in 2012 last week, and the nation's 138th-ranked RB accomplished the feat on only two carries. He reached the end zone vs. Pope John Paul II on each attempt. One run went for 51 yards and the other covered 64. Badie also had a 45-yard reception in the playoff opener won by Curtis (64-0).

    At close to 6-0 and 200-plus pounds, Badie has the frame and athleticism to also play either linebacker or safety with a high degree of skill.

  • ERIC THOMAS -- Thomas and Badie each decided in favor of Tulane during the first week of November. Thomas is ranked 62nd in the nation among 2013 middle linebackers. He's second on the Curtis team in tackles (70). Only LB Duke Riley (81) has notched more stops than Thomas, who leads the team in sacks (six).

    The stocky (5-9 3/4, 230 pounds) strongman was all over the field in the Patriots' 48-14 week six victory over Carver. Thomas recorded three sacks and 13 total tackles (10 unassisted) vs. the Rams.

    The first offer for Thomas - before Tulane came calling - was from Blaine (Ind.), an NAIA program.

    During track and field season, Thomas tossed the shot nearly 60 feet. He's second on the Curtis team (behind only OL Anthony Taylor) with a 450-pound bench press.

  • RICHARD ALLEN -- The swift defensive back/return man likes to let his on-field actions speak for him on most occasions. Allen's special teams play has been lights out. Six of his 11 punt returns have gone for 41-or-more yards, including a 61-yarder last week.

    Kickers have done a better job of avoiding Allen than punters, but he has stepped off 42.33 yards per return (only three kick returns). He has two interceptions and 17 tackles for the Patriots.

    Badie beat Allen head-to-head in the 55-meter dash at the LSU High School Indoor Classic. Badie placed sixth out of a field of 77 with a time of 6.62. Allen was right there on his heels (placed ninth) with a 6.68.

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