Darion Monroe and his mother tripped to College Station, Texas in January to take in the Aggies’ Junior Day, and the junior out of East St. John left town with his first scholarship offer.
A month later, Monroe, following up the pledge of Abbeville defensive end Alonzo Williams a week prior, dialed up Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman and secured his spot in the 2012 class.
“They were one school that showed me a lot of love early on, and when I went over for a visit it fit,” Monroe said. “Right now I am happy with the decision, but I am still going to listen to these other coaches that are coming through the school. I will hear them all out.”
One coach that has stopped in to check on the East St. John prospect is LSU assistant Frank Wilson, who spearheads the Tigers’ recruitment of the New Orleans area. Judging from conversations Wilson has had with the East St. John staff, Monroe is a prospect that the Tigers are anxious to get into a camp setting.
“I went to Texas A&M last summer and worked out at cornerback and they really liked me, but I didn’t get that chance at LSU yet,” Monroe said. “That’s probably why I haven’t heard a lot from them. They see my film and watch me at quarterback, but I know I will be at cornerback at the next level.
“We have had some coaches come through and they have all said that they like me and want to see me this summer. (LSU defensive backs) Coach (Ron) Cooper came by here, too. Baylor just stopped in on Thursday, and so did Pittsburgh and Southern Miss.”
When Wilson made his stop, Monroe was presented with an opportunity to visit with the staff before the summer months.
“Coach Frank told my coach that at the end of the month they are having a picnic for the top Louisiana guys and they want me and my mom to be there,” Monroe said. “As of now I am planning to get over there.”
With East St. John’s spring game on the horizon, Monroe is ready to get the ball rolling with summer workouts, where he hopes to see his Wildcat teammates continue to develop under a new coaching staff.
“We lost coach Dauterive, but now I have coach (Dennis) Lorio from Thibodaux as my offensive coordinator, and I like him a lot,” Monroe said. “Coach Lorio has a different philosophy and we will change up our scheme some, and really it means I will go under center a lot more. It’s change, but I am excited about it.
“I do know I am staying at quarterback and won’t be working both ways until around district.”
Outside of camp at LSU, Monroe’s only other scheduled summer visit is an unofficial to Texas A&M.