Monroe Still Waiting

An LDS defensive back prospect from Galivan Junior College in Gilroy, California is still waiting to hear back from BYU. Since the change in coaching staff, the NorCal athlete has heard nothing out of Provo. TBS talks to Monroe about his season and where he'd like to play in 2005

For 6'1", 210 pound cornerback/ safety prospect TJ Monroe, BYU would be the perfect place for him as an African American who is also a member of The Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saint. However, since the recent changes within BYU's coach staff, Monroe hasn't heard much from BYU and hopes they haven't forgotten him.

"Mike Empey had called me right before my bowl game (Clo Bowl) but I heard they had let him go," Monroe said. He gave me coach Tidwell's number and told me he had passed down my tape to him but I haven't heard back from him. Since Mike Empey has been gone I haven‘t received anything."

As a freshman safety, Monroe exploded onto the junior college experience scene ending the season with 7 interceptions to be ranked within the top 5 cornerback prospects in all of California.

"I ended up fourth in Cal but in Northern Cal I was second," Monroe said.

For his sophomore year, Monroe's numbers were a bit more modest as coaches learned from the previous year.

"I had two interceptions this year [compared to 7 last year]," said Monroe. "I had 1 punt return for a touchdown. I was third in Northern California in punt returns and had 35 tackles on the season. I had around 5 pass breakups and 3 PAT blocks. I play both safety and corner back this year."

Monroe hopes BYU will contact him soon prior to LOI day in the hopes that they will offer him a scholarship. The University of Texas El Paso is recruiting Monroe and has two close friends in Jeremy and Victor Jones who currently attend at the university.

"BYU's my number one spot; I would really love to go up there," Monroe concluded.


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