Tulsa ushered in the Bill Blankenship era a few weeks ago when they promoted him to head coach after the departure of Todd Graham to Pitt. On Monday, the new coach received his first commitment since taking the reins.
Fort Worth (Texas) Paschal offensive guard James Floyd had yet to receive an offer from the Golden Hurricane before he got a phone call on Monday night. It did not take the 6-foot-3, 277-pound prospect long to make a decision.
"I actually have not officially committed just quite yet," Floyd said on Monday evening. "I just got off the phone with coach Blankenship from the University of Tulsa and I'm getting ready to call back and commit.
"Coach Blankenship called me tonight and offered me. I told him that I was very excited. I had to at least tell my family and everything before I told him yes."
Floyd says it is an honor to be the first pledge of Blankenship's tenure.
"It means a lot to me," he said. "I wouldn't rather play for anybody else. Coach Blankenship is an awesome guy and I've been in touch with him since my sophomore year since I met him at a camp. Going into my sophomore year I knew how great of a guy he was."
Though he holds an offer and knows his plans for National Signing Day next Wednesday, things get a little bit murkier for Floyd after that point.
"They offered me what potentially could be a greyshirt," he said. "I'll sign a letter-of-intent on signing day and I'm going to come in this summer for summer school. I'll go through the whole process this summer and then, if someone is declared ineligible, I will be a part of the Golden Hurricane for next season. If not, then I will come in in the spring on scholarship. Either way, I'm very excited to be a Golden Hurricane.
"I'm not quite sure what I would do (during the fall semester). It's all kind of come on me fast. I might come home and go to a community college and spend time with my family for that semester. I might end up paying my own way at Tulsa that semester. I'm really not sure. It's just going to be a family decision."
Though Tulsa was his first offer, the big lineman says that other schools appeared to be on the verge of joining them.
"This was my first Division I offer," Floyd said. "I have offers from some DII schools. North Texas was about to offer, I think. They were in the office a couple of days ago. The same with Washington State, Louisiana-Monroe and Texas State."