November 4, 2013

Tulane gets OL commitment from Jacksonville

Jacksonville Mandarin High offensive lineman Tommy Boynton never has been to New Orleans, but he is 75-percent sure he will spend at least the next four years in the Crescent City playing for Tulane.

Boynton, who committed on Sunday night after attending the Green Wave's game at FAU, said he fell in love with the coaching staff. He added there was about a three-in-four chance he would hold firm, with Georgia Tech being Tulane's primary competitor if the Yellow Jackets decide to offer him a scholarship.

"I'm really close with coach (Keith) Williams and coach (Lionel) Washington," he said. "Coach Washington flew out and came to my school and we talked. I took a visit to FAU, and even though Tulane lost, it showed me how they play and how they react to certain things. I can definitely see them being very good in the future. I'm still open for stuff, but that's where my heart's tugging right now."

Boynton, one of several under-the-radar recruits in Tulane's prospective 2-14 class, does not have another offer from a BCS program. At 6-feet-4, 290 pounds, size is not issue, though, and he said he had started at Mandarin since his sophomore year.

His competition should help, too. Mandarin plays in Class 8A, the highest level of Florida high school football.

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