Eugene Monroe recalls life as top recruit

MonroeMonroeFor the current issue, ESPN The Magazine went back and visited with the top-ranked high school recruit for each of the last 25 years to see what it meant to be SuperPrep magazine’s No. 1 guy.

Four of them have AFC South connections. The most notable is Jacksonville left tackle Eugene Monroe, who was the top guy in 2005. He went from Plainfield (New Jersey) High School to Virginia to the Jaguars as the No. 8 overall pick in the 2010 draft.

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"Being ranked No. 1 didn't mean a thing to me, but it did to my mother and the rest of my family and friends. You should have heard the way they said it, with such pride. My brother, Scott, walked around town telling everyone his brother was No. 1 in the nation. Seeing my family and friends enjoy it -- that was the best part."

The others with AFC South ties: David Givens (1998) was with the Titans, Vince Young (2002) will soon be released by the Titans and Myron Rolle (2006) spent the season on the Titans’ practice squad.