There’s a fine line between cockiness and confidence, and safety Eric Monroe toes it to the fullest extent.
When asked to compare his game to somebody else’s, Eric Monroe didn’t hesitate a second to put himself in the highest regard.
“I’m Tyrann Mathieu, mixed with Richard Sherman, mixed with Troy Polamalu, mixed with Earl Thomas,” Monroe told USA TODAY High School Sports.
When asked if he’s the best safety in the country, his response was even faster.
“Yes. Just watch me on film, that’s it.”
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His responses may seem cocky, but they aren’t. Why?
Because he can back it up.
Monroe, the No. 27 player in the country and No. 2 at his position, was honored Wednesday at his high school, North Shore (Houston), receiving his jersey for the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
“I’m just truly blessed,” Monroe said. “I’ve been working hard, grinding day-to-day for this, and I’m just truly blessed.”
Despite his undeniable confidence and swagger, Monroe says he doesn’t pay attention to the rankings, no matter what.
“My mom said don’t listen and there’s no need, so I just listen to her,” Monroe said, laughing. “I keep my focus off that and keep it on my team and what I need to do to get better.”
Monroe is committed to Les Miles and LSU, the alma mater of his Honey Badger comparison, and says he wants to learn from the staff and the older players in the program.
Despite his commitment, the five-star safety plans on taking all his official visits and plans to check out other schools.
What’s it going to take to get Monroe to flit his commitment?
“A lot,” he says sternly.
Whoever gets Monroe will be welcoming quite the person and talent to campus.
Look out, world, the next Tyrann Mathieu, mixed with Richard Sherman, mixed with Troy Polamalu, mixed with Earl Thomas is coming. And he’s coming fast.