East Coast's Top OL Gets U-M Visit

Michigan assistant football coaches are scouring the country during the Spring Evaluation period, going to the high schools of the top prospects and making their one allowed phone call to the top kids. <br><br> <b>The top O-line prospect in the East</b>, and perhaps in the whole country, has had 40+ coaches flooding into his school -- but he told us that the guy who got to the school first was from Michigan!

We talked last night with offensive tackle Eugene Monroe (6-6, 320 lbs., 5.2 in the 40, 350 lb. bench press) from Plainfield, New Jersey.

Has Michigan been by your school in the past week?

"Michigan's Coach Sheridan came to my school last week. Actually, he was the first coach to get there -- he beat all the others by a day. And he and I talked on phone. We'd been emailing back and forth before that."

Do you think Michigan will get an official visit from you?

"Well, I have to rethink everything now. It's been a little crazy with all these college coaches coming in."

"A month ago I though I had an idea of who I'd visit, based on my scholarship offers back then: Miami, Maryland, Michigan St., Virginia, and Rutgers (note: Maryland was his leader, and he'd been to Junior Days at Maryland, Rutgers and PSU)."

"But now a Michigan offer has come in, and also offers from Oklahoma, USC, LSU ... schools like that."

"So as far as Michigan. Yeah, they have a good chance of getting an official visit now. But like I say, I have to sit down and rethink everything once this period of colleges coming to my school is over."

There was a mix-up in Michigan getting your film?

"Kind of. It wasn't Michigan's fault. Coach Sheridan and I were emailing, and he was asking me for my film. I thought it was being sent but it wasn't. So once we got the film over to them, they watched it and offered me a couple weeks ago."

Are you going to any summer camps?

"No, I don't think so. There is no reason to really."

Monroe is an early Tom Lemming Top 100 prospect, and is considered by some to be the top offensive line prospect in the country due to his unusual athletic ability.

Monroe is also a top student, with a 4.0 GPA and a 1060 SAT score.

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