Palm Beach Standout Enjoys UM Camp

This talented prospect from Palm Beach County was very impressive at the recent University of Miami summer camp. He talked about his performance and also where Miami stands on his current list of favorites.

Three very impressive punting performances was one of the highlights of the University of Miami summer football camp last month and one of those punters was Palm Beach Gardens standout Brian Monroe.

At 6-foot-1 ¼ and 182 pounds, Monroe is coming off an excellent junior season in which he averaged 45.6 yards per punt with a long of 82. He also connected on 2-of-5 field goals, and was 45-46 on extra point attempts.

The left-footed punter didn't always have football atop his priority list.

"I used to be a hardcore soccer fan," Monroe told me. "That's all I used to think about but I stopped to pursue football. I've been kicking and punting since my freshman year but this year, I'll be playing defensive back too."

Inside the classroom, Monroe is a full academic qualifier and that's another major reason why he had lots of recruiting action in May.

"Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, East Carolina, Iowa, N.C. State, Clemson, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, and Virginia Tech were some of the schools that called," he said.

Monroe, who does not yet have any scholarship offers, said that five schools do stand out on his early list of favorites.

"I'd say my top five would be Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, and Boston College," he said. "I like them all and don't really have a single favorite or anything like that yet."

Monroe talked about his recent experience at the UM summer camp.

"It went real good for me," he said. "I thought I did pretty well and there were some pretty good punters out there, like C.J. Koegel and Eric Wilbur. The only thing was that I didn't really feel the coaches at Miami like I did at Florida. Miami told me they liked my tape and they're looking for a punter. After the camp, they said I will have a chance to get a scholarship and they'll be watching me this season."

The talented punter talked about his goals for this coming season.

"I want to lead the county in punting by averaging over 48," he said. "I also want to do better on my field goals and help my team win."

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