June 1, 2012

Davis to follow in Darion Monroe's footsteps

Save the words of Reserve East St. John safety Leonard Davis when he explained why he committed to Tulane this week. You'll be hearing them from plenty of River parish prospects from south Louisiana as long as Curtis Johnson is the Green Wave's head coach and Lionel Washington is his defensive coordinator.

Johnson, who played for St. Charles High, and Washington, who attended Lutcher, have a rapport with them that no other recruiter can match.

"It's a great coaching staff and they made me feel real welcome," Davis said. "It made me feel like I was at home, like I'd been there before. Curtis Johnson can relate to me because he's from down here, the same place I'm from. It's the same thing with Lionel Washington."

Davis (5-10, 180) made 60 tackles for East St. John as a junior, playing in a terrific secondary headed by four-star recruit Darion Monroe, who signed with Tulane after original committing to Texas A&M. Monroe was the star of the show, guiding East St. John to an 8-4 record, a co-district championship and a 35-3 blowout of New Orleans Brother Martin in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs, the school's first postseason victory since 2006.

Jesuit, which was the No. 2 seed, eliminated East St. John in the second round but had to sweat it out after ESJ took a quick 14-0 lead.

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