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In Person Eval: Darion Monroe
Darion Monroe has committed to play corner when he gets to College Station, but in the meantime he is doing his best to influence the high school game on both sides of the football. Monroe is a lot of fun to watch. He has tremendous poise for a high school player and he simply does not give up on a play. He will do all he can to make something positive out of every snap. Darion is a real competitor. He gets a little impatient with the sideline when they are slow getting a play in. He is eager to get back to the line and make something happen. I had the chance to see Monroe on the campus of Samford University during the Next Level Southeastern Regional 7-on-7 and I liked his game, but you could tell he is a guy who needs the freedom to move around. With the run/pass option at his disposal, Darion really shines. He is a threat with the ball in his hands on every single play. Perhaps his best play of the night came on a 4th and 13 play where he lofted one up to the front pylon and let his receiver make a play for him. It was a tremendous throw, but having the confidence to let it loose was the most impressive thing about the play. Darion is very well supported by his family. The stands had several family members wearing #6 jerseys with Monroe's nickname "Deeboe" on the back. He was able to take some snaps at corner on some obvious passing downs, but he is much to valuable to his team's offensive success to be an every down player on defense. When it comes to intangibles, Monroe has them. He just the "it" factor. When he breaks containment with the ball in his hands, there is an electricity in the air. The crowd reacts to him because they expect him to do something special. He has the ability to make the players around him better and you can see his teammates have complete faith in him to lead them to a win.
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