Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken had major concerns about one of his top football recruits, Brookwood tailback Julian Suber, long before his recent arrest for armed robbery, according to the Savannah Morning News.
Monken confirmed to newspaper that Suber was released in late April from the Georgia Southern football letter-of-intent that he had signed last February. Last week, Suber was charged with armed robbery, felony weapons and marijuana possession from a alleged May 17 incident in Lawrenceveille.
“The deal we had [with Suber] was keep your nose clean, go to class, do everything your high school teachers tell you and show us you’ve matured,” Monken told the Morning News. Monken said Suber’s football scholarship was revoked on April 21.
“The opportunity to be on the football team is a privilege, not a right,” Monken told the newspaper’s Donald Health.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Suber was Brookwood’s leading rusher this past season, running for 957 yards and 12 touchdowns. Suber, 19, had been one of the headliners for Monken’s first recruiting classes at Georgia Southern. Monken, who was hired away as an assistant at Georgia Tech, said that Suber had gotten some looks from the Yellow Jackets while he was coaching slotbacks at the ACC school.
Monken was giddy about luring Suber to Brookwood. “We’re going to try [Suber] at quarterback,” Monken told the Effingham Herald on signing day. “I think if he can’t play quarterback, there’s about seven places on the field he can play.”
Also, Monken told the Savannah newspaper that junior linebacker Tavaris Williams from Lowndes has been suspended from the football team and is not enrolled in summer school. Williams, 21, was charged with giving a false statement during an investigation unrelated to Suber.
“I felt [Williams' actions] warranted a suspension until we get the whole story, until we find out what actually happened,” Monken said. “[Williams] basically said, ‘I understand.’”