There is no doubt Plainfield (NJ) star Eugene Monroe is one of the top offensive line prospects in the country. The 6-7, 320 pound tackle has his pick of scholarship offers, totaling over 40 offers at this point. Monroe first received official offers at the beginning of his junior year, with his first three being from Rutgers, Maryland, and UVa (who offered during the Florida State game last October).
Besides his size and athleticism, his confidence and work ethic have helped him become the player he is today.
“Basically I just feel no one’s going to beat me out there,” Monroe said. Next season will be his third on the varsity football squad. “I just go out there and kick butt. My top strength right now is my footwork. I don’t think any other big guys my size can move their feet like I do. That might just be technique though. I study a lot of film and practice my technique all the time.”
An excellent student as well, Monroe seeks to excel in every phase of his life. Plainfield Head Coach Clinton Jones says “the number one thing about Eugene is his determination to be number one in whatever he does. He hates to finish second in anything.”
Monroe’s competitive edge recently drew him to the Elite College Combine held at Giants Stadium, pitting some of the East’s elite players against each other. Monroe had a specific goal in mind – to face Callahan Bright, a 6-2, 305 pound prospect out of Pennsylvania. Bright is considered one of the top defensive line prospects in the country.
“Basically the only reason I went there was to compete against him,” Monroe said. “The first time he went against me, I don’t think he was expecting me to block him as well as I did. But we beat each other up after that. He got me and I got him. It was fun. It’s what I like. I don’t get that kind of competition where I play. I think I did well.”
Monroe’s next challenge will be to decipher among his many scholarship offers and narrow his list down to a possible five for official visits. Though he says his list changes “all the time,” Monroe did provide a top eight. Among the eight, two schools have consistently been mentioned at or near the top of his list and continue to be at the top.
“My top schools are Virginia, Maryland, Stanford, Boston College, Miami, Florida State, Ohio State, and Penn State,” Monroe said. Oklahoma and Virginia Tech are among the schools immediately...
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