OUG wrote:DfromCT wrote:Darion Monroe didn't live up to his 4 star status, that's for sure.
He started literally *every* game for us for four years except one where CJ suspended him for some team rules thing. He had over 330 tackles over those four years, that is an average of 82/year from the safety position (with some cornerback). He holds the all time Tulane record for fumble recoveries. He has six INTs, and 22 TFLs (again, as a safety). He was all conference in both leagues we were in when he played, including first team once or twice.
What are you expecting from a four-star safety?
Or maybe you’re talking about a different Darion Monroe?
He was a four star guy who came in and started every game as a freshman and led the team in tackles and then started basically every game for the following three years and was at or near the top in tackles each year. I think maybe your expectations of what a four-star player is might be skewed. If we had a team full of recruits who could perform at that level immediately and lead the team for four years we would win the AAC and be in the top 25 every year.
I'll admit that I didn't realize he put up those numbers. I do remember his move to Safety, and almost a year later CJ teasing him that he didn't have an INT yet. His Bio on Tulanegreenwave.com shows zero first team All-CUSA appearances, a second team voted by "College Sports Madness" and an honorable mention, both after his Junior year. He never made the ALL-AAC team. He did make the C-USA all-Freshman team. I was at the game his Junior year (Rutgers) where he racked up his most tackles (9) and it was far from a solid performance. He got smoked twice in double coverage for Touchdowns, one was a ridiculously long pass.
What I expect from a 4 star recruit is someone that dominates at least a few of the games he plays in, not someone that compiles stats because a lot of plays got through the first line of defense (and sometimes the second as well). Someone who takes control of the games, which I never really felt he did. In fact, a two star recruit named Marley was a much better player for Tulane. So was Smart, Doss and Teamer. I didn't say he didn't contribute, as he certainly did. He was a good player, not an outstanding one. As the highest ranked recruit Tulane has had this century, yes, I would expect more.