ALEXANDRIA -- ASH head coach Thomas Bachman believes that Tulane is getting a good one in wide receiver Jorien Vallien. A big step towards that being realized happened on Wednesday with Vallien taking advantage of the early signing period, putting pen to paper and begin his college football journey with the Green Wave next season.
"I don't know if it's hit me yet," said an excited Vallien. "It's going to be one of those things where I'm laying down in bed one night and then it will hit me."
Standing in at 6-foot-4 with wide catch radius, Vallien fills the big play role that the Green Wave lacked this past season, the second under head coach Willie Fritz. Rated as a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com, Vallien caught 41 passes this season with the Trojans for 669 yards and a team-best 11 touchdowns.
He committed to Tulane back in November, choosing the Green Wave over other big name schools such as Arizona St., Texas Tech, Mississippi St. and Vanderbilt. In addition to joining a program on the rise, Vallien, an A-student, factored in academics as much as athletics when it came down to his decision.
"He hasn't even scratched the surface in what he can become," said Bachman who has coached Vallien for the past three years. "He has been such a joy to coach, not only because of who he is as player, but because of who he is as a person."