Eric Monroe figures to be an instant-impact type of player when he reaches LSU.
The four-star safety solidified that path Wednesday when he inked his letter of intent with the Tigers.
Monroe, a 6-foot, 180-pound safety out of Houston, officially cemented his status as an LSU signee.
Monroe is the nation’s No. 3 safety and the No. 9 prospect out of the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The safety committed to LSU back in June, 10 days after participating in a camp.
Monroe showed very little sign of interest anywhere else, as he made four separate trips to Baton Rouge, La., throughout the fall, attending games against Auburn, Eastern Michigan, Florida and Texas A&M.
An interesting note: LSU was 4-0 with the four-star safety in attendance.
Despite 16 reported offers, Monroe only took an official visit to LSU on Jan. 22. That decision came after the safety considered taking official visits to UCLA, Florida, Texas and Texas A&M.
While on the official visit, Monroe enjoyed a visit to future coach Les Miles’ house, where he and fellow commit Caleb Roddy showed off their abilities on the basketball court. Monroe threw down a handful of dunks on Miles’ personal court, and also made a shot from long range.
The North Shore High School (Houston) product will have a chance to secure immediate playing time as a true freshman given LSU’s dire needs in the back of its secondary.
The Tigers are set to lose Jalen Mills to the NFL, which opens up a spot across from Jamal Adams. Monroe, as well as fellow LSU safety commit Cameron Lewis, should both be in contention for the starting gig or at least a spot in the secondary rotation because the team lacks depth at the position.
All rankings are from the 247sports composite unless otherwise noted