Nebraska trying to get Monroe

To begin the month of March, Plainfield, NJ standout Eugene Monroe is holding 19 offers and is expecting more. His work on the field and in the classroom are bringing in schools such as Miami, USC and Stanford to New Jersey.

One of the biggest fringes of having a nationally rated upper-classmen on your team is the possibility of being noticed as well. With or without having Dan Davis on his team last year, Eugene Monroe was going to get noticed.

Eugene stands 6-foot-6 and weighs in at 330 pounds. As well as having the prototypical size that most teams look for in their book-end tackles he also has good speed with a 5.3 second 40-yard dash time. Monroe is also sporting a 350 pound bench press and squats 560 pounds.

The work that Eugene has put in on the field and in the weight room may over-shadow what he is putting in off the field. In the classroom Monroe is a 4.0 student and is preparing to take the SAT in March.

Last season Eugene brought home a ton of first team honors including All-Area, All-Group, All-County, All-Conference and All-State. He racked up 57 pancakes while his team finished the season with a 7-3 record.

"We actually only played nine games," Monroe said. "One team had to forfeit. I averaged just about seven pancakes per game."

Monroe has been receiving the most mail lately from Michigan State, Miami, Maryland, USC, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia, and Boston College. Out of the 19 offers and the other schools that have been sending him mail, Monroe has a current top five.

"I'd say Michigan State, Miami, Maryland, USC and Penn State are my early favorites. I have 19 total written offers and have a bunch of other verbal offers. Stanford was the latest to offer me last week."

Colleges usually evaluate potential as well as talent when it comes to recruiting. The fact is about Monroe that he potentially has enough talent to come in and be an impact player immediately as a true freshman.

"My technique is basically my strength. It's been one of the things that I have been working on the most. I can dominate the point of attack with the defensive lineman. I also block real well in the open field."

Beyond what a school can sell to Eugene when it comes to playing time, tradition and fancy locker rooms he is looking at academics first and foremost. Additionally, distance does not seem to be a consideration in his decision right now.

When asked about Nebraska Monroe said, "They haven't offered me yet. If they offered I'd definitely consider them. I'm going to be sending them some tap real soon."

Monroe's goals for this summer include getting his bench press to either 400 pounds or as close as possible. This fall though he is aiming for a state title as well as 100 pancake blocks on the season.

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