Local Standout Ready to Commit

This talented prospect has been favoring the Hurricanes all year and now he's hoping to make a commitment real soon. Read on to find out what he likes most about the Hurricanes, what the UM coaches are telling him, and which other schooos are involved.

At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. standout punter Brian Monroe is having an excellent season.

As part of a 7-0 team, Monroe has been playing cornerback as well as handling all the kicking and punting duties this year.

"Teams haven't really thrown my way a lot," he said about his season at corner. "Punting, I have 21 for an average of 44 yards and a long of 78. I'm also putting pretty much all my kickoffs into the endzone unless we have a special kick called or something."

Monroe, who is fully qualified inside the classroom, also talked about the recruiting process.

"It's all going real well," he said. "I'm still looking at Miami, Florida State, Ohio State, Boston College, and Florida, but it's mostly Miami right now. I'm leaning strongly towards Miami. That's where I want to go."

Monroe said he's been talking to UM special teams coach Don Soldinger.

"They haven't offered yet," he said. "But I thought it was between me and Eric [Wilbur] and he just committed to Florida. So I'm hoping they come through. He basically told me they have a field goal kicker for next year [Jon Peattie] but they need someone to handle the punts and kickoffs and I could challenge for the starting spot my freshman year."

So what if the Hurricanes were to offer the powerful kicker?

"Oh, I'd definitely say yes," he said. "There's no doubt about that. That's where I want to go."

Monroe recently attended the Florida State game and talked about that experience.

"It was a real fun game," he said. "It was a great atmosphere and there were a lof of recruits there. The game was very intense and I'm glad Miami pulled it out. We went into the locker room after the game. I saw a lot of guys like Kyle Wright from California, Christian Koegel, Dave Howell, Tyrone Moss, Andrew Bain, and some more guys. It was a lot of fun."

So what are the chances of Monroe playing defensive back at UM?

"Coach Soldinger asked me about that and I told him that would be great, but I really don't think I can play defensive back at that high Division 1 level. I'll stick to my specialty and that's punting and kicking off. Field goals aren't really my high point."

Monroe said he hasn't yet scheduled a visit to Miami, but does have some of them set.

"I have Boston College for January 12," he said. "And I'm supposed to be going to Ohio State right around there too. Those are the two I have set for now."

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