With nearly two dozen offers to his credit already, it would have been easy for Quindarious Monday to skip attending college camps this month. To do so, however, would’ve meant ignoring his competitive nature. That’s why the Atlanta (Ga.) Carver star didn’t hesitate in signing up for the Elite Talent Football Academy bus tour. Company President and CEO Derrick Tatum has been escorting aspiring student athletes from Georgia to camps all over the country for years now. Seeing program alums like former Loganville (Ga.) Grayson standout Jamyest Williams use the experience to improve his game and profile made doing the same an easy decision for Monday.
"I’m getting out and getting some work,” Monday explained. “You can't sit down. If you sit down you can't get no better, so you just got to continue to get work. That's why I come out and continue to get better and better. I don't want to just sit at home. Somebody that plays my position is out there working. They're going to make me look bad (if I don’t do the same) because he's getting better than me."
One of the latest stops on this year’s tour was Allendale, Michigan for Grand Valley State’s Best of the Midwest Football camp. After spending Friday and Saturday participating in that event the bus made its way to Ann Arbor to visit the University of Michigan. That gave Monday the chance to see Michigan for the first time.
"It was a very good experience because I got to see the place and I'd never seen it,” he said. “Coach Partridge had been trying to get me down here for the longest. It was my big shot to get down here on the bus tour with Coach Tatum. He gave me an incredible opportunity."
"It's beautiful. I love it at Michigan. The facilities are great. They’re building a whole new indoor. Everything just gets bigger and bigger."
The coaching staff wasn’t there to host Monday & company due to satellite camp obligations, but their presence wasn’t necessary for him to form a strong, positive impression. That happened months ago.
Said Monday, “Coach Harbaugh has got a lot of experience with players in the league. I know every year Michigan's stock goes up in the NFL. They had the most players drafted in the NFL this year."
"Coach Partridge is real cool. He got a little hood in him too. I like that about coach."
Recruiting Monday to Michigan has also been a top priority for the triumvirate of Wolverine commits from the Peach State.
The collective effort to lure Monday north and the visit experience combined to boost the Maize & Blue’s standing in his recruitment, but exactly how much remains to be seen.
"I haven't narrowed (the list of schools still under consideration) down yet,” he said. “I should be narrowing it down pretty soon though because I'm graduating early."
Two of the biggest factors in determining whether the Wolverines make the cut with some his more familiar options will be mom and dad.
"I know they're going to want to see me most of the time because I know it's going to be hard for them to see their baby leave,” Monday admitted. “It's going to be hard. (But) distance isn't going to be a factor because I know my parents are going to make a way to see me when they need to. So, distance isn't going to be a factor."
"I can say that (Michigan has) a real good shot of being in that group because I know the background. Like I said, they have a lot of dudes go to the league. It stands out because that's one of my ultimate dreams. I really want to make it. I’m going to make it back up because my parents still have got to see the place. They couldn’t come. We’re going to come down here to see the place. It could be an official visit or (an unofficial visit) this summer. It just depends on how my schedule sets up.”