2008 Intro: Lamar Monger

AHOSKIE, N.C. --- Hertford County cornerback Lamar Monger hopes to fax his letter of intent to an ACC school in 2008.

North Carolina is the first to recruit the 5-11, 185-pound junior, though his early tentative favorite is Maryland. However, his former teammate and UNC '07 signee Tydreke Powell has something to say about that.

"Lamar is a great guy, and I'd love to have him," Powell said. "I'm going to do everything I can to recruit him myself. He's got a great motor; he just keeps going and going. Lamar just needs to hit the combines real hard this summer."

Powell added Monger is also an excellent student.

"I play hard, I stay focused when I'm on the field, and I work hard in the weight room," Monger said. "I like Maryland, but I just want to play in the ACC. Any school that will give me the opportunity…I'll be happy there."

On a recent visit to watch Powell play basketball, UNC coach Butch Davis and assistant Ken Browning were struck by Monger's athleticism.

"They liked the way Lamar looked, and they liked his body frame," Bears' assistant head coach Scott Privott said. "North Carolina is the first one to knock on his door and talk to him about a football scholarship."

Monger said he ran 40 yards in 4.5 seconds at his most recent timing, and Privott said "he has ‘4.4-speed,'" during an in interview from at the high school.

"He is a true lockdown corner," Privott said. "He has great footwork and blazing speed. His highlight film is not going to be that great because they just don't throw the ball to his side. He locks down one whole side of the field.

"He can also play receiver. He has tremendous hands and great hand-to-eye coordination. He's a great all-around football player."

Monger picked off five passes last season.

"I want to lead N.C. in interceptions this year," he said.

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