Tulane football: Julius Warmsley signs with Texans

Julius Warmsley made the most of his shot at the NFL.

The former Tulane and St. Michael standout signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans on Monday after the team’s rookie camp. Warmsley went undrafted despite earning a spot on the all-Conference USA first team as a senior last year.

But the 6-foot-2, 296-pound defensive tackle was brought to Houston for a tryout.

Warmsley had 18.5 tackles for loss (ranked No. 15 nationally) and six sacks with the Green Wave in 2013. His rookie camp impressed the Texans enough to keep him around through the summer.

Warmsley spent his Tulane career at defensive end and defensive tackle, but shined most in the line’s interior last season, particularly when lined up next to fellow senior Chris Davenport. Together, the tandem helped transform Tulane’s defense, which improved from allowing 222 yards rushing per game in 2012 to allowing 123.7 last season, No. 17 nationally.

He was the second Tulane player to take advantage of his NFL tryout, joining running back Derrick Strozier, who signed with the Saints on Monday.

Belle Chasse’s Black commits

Tulane added to its cast of local commitments Monday, receiving its latest pledge from Belle Chasse defensive back Darius Black.

All seven of Tulane’s commitments for the 2015 class are from South Louisiana.

Black, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound strong safety, said he chose the Green Wave over offers from Southern Mississippi and Louisiana-Lafayette.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to get a great education,” Black said. “I have had my eyes on Tulane for a while because it’s close to home and it’s a place I really like.”

Black caught the eye of Curtis Johnson’s coaching staff, particularly secondary coach Jason Rollins who served as Tulane’s lead recruiter.

Tulane has shown a recent fondness for Belle Chasse, signing defensive end Quinlan Carroll in 2013, and wide receiver Terren Encalade and linebacker Robert Kennedy in February.

“It’s the place I want to be,” Black said. “I know it’s a great school, and it’s going to be a great football program.”