And just who were the Duke coaches who seemed to make a positive impression on the 6-foot, 275 pound prospect?
"Coach Hobby talked a lot about what it takes to play at the Division I level and he talked about the kinds of systems they are trying to install there. Basically it was a chance to learn about how they plan on lining up and playing defense - which was good."
"We a 4-3 [like Duke] at my school and it really makes the tackles work hard to be able to beat the blockers with speed and power. That's my game."
Though he lacks the height of a prototypical defensive tackle, Monroe counters that with speed and strength - clocking in in an impressive 4.78 time in the forty yard dash. As a junior he reports nearly 70 tackles and seven sacks for St. John's. Those numbers and production were good enough to earn him an offer from Maryland with more soon to come.
"I get the feeling Duke, Pitt, and Michigan State are all pretty close to offering a scholarship. I've also heard a lot from Northwestern. It's still early so I know it's going to take a little while, and I'm looking forward to the process."