I think this qualifies as really good news. LSU safety and graduate transfer Eric Monroe (5-11/209) announced that he would transfer to Texas Tech for his final year of eligibility.
— Eric Monroe (@IBallLikeMelo_) June 27, 2020
Via LSU, Monroe played in 29 games, 12 this past year as a junior, but only has 21 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, and 2 passes defended for his career. Monroe is clearly looking for additional playing time and hopefully making an impact at Texas Tech.
Monroe was originally a 4-star recruit out of North Shore in Houston who chose LSU over TAMU and others. Monroe arrived at LSU and redshirted his freshman year, but then was injured his sophomore year and had “nagging injuries” and Monroe didn’t record a statistic at all that year.
RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan talked to Monroe and had a post almost immediately after Monroe announced, which makes you think that this was pretty well in the works and known in the program. Monroe talked about his connection to Texas Tech (there’s more there, so click on over):
Monroe does have a connection to Texas Tech in new linebacker coach Kevin Cosgrove who spent the 2019 season in Baton Rouge as a defensive analyst. The two built a close connection over the past year.
“Aww man, that’s a great dude. That’s a really great dude. Me and him we have a really good relationship, it’s like we’ve known each other for 30 years and I’ve only known him for a year. That man is unbelievable and I have so much respect for coach Cosgrove.”
Monroe is obviously talented. This is from his high school tape and, well, he’s terrific. Obviously that didn’t translate in college, probably because of injuries and then once you get injured, you lose footing to someone in front of you. If Monroe is half or three-fourths of what he was in high school, then this is an upgrade for sure. I’m all about putting Monroe at safety because I think that’s absolutely necessary and Texas Tech needs some back-up there for sure.