Tulane appears to have lost a key to the 2014 signing class when East St. John standout Daren Williams (6'4-245) decided to de-commit from the Wave and pledge to Kansas State following his visit this past weekend. He becomes the 20th pledge for '14 for the Wildcats.
Williams also considered offers from ULL, Sothern Illinois, South Florida and Southern Miss. He has a 2.7 GPA with an 18 on his latest ACT test.
The opportunity to play in front of his family and friends was appealing otWilliams but he feels Kansas State offers a little more.
"I felt comfortable with the coaching staff and the academic advisers. Their conference affiliation (Big 12) had nothing to do with it. The players were very inviting and made me feel comfortable."
The decision to switch was not easy for Williams, who has a great deal of respect for the Tulane program.
"I talked to (Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson) and explained it to him. It was a decision that I had to make. It was pretty tough, but you have to make those type of decisions sometimes," Williams said.
East St. John head coach Phil Banko described Williams as a player who can line up as a DE or OLB on the next level.
"Kansas State is getting a good football player," Banko said. "He's the consummate player. He has learned how to prepare himself. He's got all the skills. Because of his work ethic, he has made himself into an All-State, All-Metro player."
Williams plans to major in the medical field.
Meanwhile, Edna Karr's Glenn Irons pulled the trigger on his decision to commit to Nebraska this past weekend, making it a trio of Karr Cougars that will be in the 2014 Huskers signing class. Teammates Jaevon Walton and Jariah Tolbert previously committed to the Big Ten school.
Cornhuskers assistant WR coach Rich Fisher handled the duties recruiting Irons (5'10-170, 4.45), who had 63 grabs for over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Class 4A state finalists. He has been the Cougars' clutch receiver, as a very confident, tough talent with soft hands and a willing blocker.
"He's a kid that we saw production from all year long," said Karr head coach Nathaniel Jones said of Irons. "Whenever we needed a play, he made it. He has a fantastic work ethic that will pay dividends. He does the little things. I'm proud of Glenn."
Irons has maintained a 3.0 plus GPA at Edna Karr. In track, he is a 110-300 meter hurdler.
After Irons' choice, the Huskers may also have an adverse affect on the Tulane recruiting class for 2015.
Newman All-State RB Kendall Bussey, Jr. is currently committed to Tulane for next year but will visit Nebraska this coming weekend for Cornhusker Junior Day. The 5-foot-9, 190 pound dynamo displays excellent excelleration (4.38 forty), good vision and ability to make yards after contact. A competitor Newman faithful compare to alum Odell Beckham, Jr., Bussey Jr. considers the Nebraska offer "a dream come true."
Irons happens to be Bussey's God-brother. "He would love to follow him." said dad Kendall "Bus" Bussey, Sr.
Missouri, Mississippi State, Tulane and La. Tech have all offered the younger Bussey.
Archbishop Shaw safety Secdrick Cooper (6'2-198) committed to Louisiana Tech this weekend following in the trail of recent Shaw Eagles making a trek up to Ruston; safety Chad Boyd and DE Christian Lacey, both have recently graduated.
Cooper has good range and physicality (400 squat, 275 bench press) and also tackles well in space. He considered Grambling as well.
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