Notre Dame will look to add speed on both sides of the ball with the next recruiting class and Donald Monroe (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) has plenty of it. The Irish have been aware of him for some time, and he's interested in hearing more from them.
"I've gotten a couple letters the last couple weeks, but they've been sending stuff since last season," Monroe responded when ask if Notre Dame had been in contact with him. "I look at it as a good school that I'd like to play for. I watch them play a lot. I really don't know that much about them, but like to hear more from them."
In his junior season Monroe carried the ball 250 times for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns. Playing safety and cornerback he tallied tackles and nabbed 12 interceptions.
"I like to make plays at running back, but I prefer defense because I like to hit," he explained. "I played free safety all last year, and when I step on the field I want to hold the best wide receiver. When I do I'm pretty sure he won't have too many catches."
Mack Brown has made it difficult to pull the top players out of Texas since he arrived in Austin. Monroe has connections to the University of Texas but he contends that he will look at all of his options before he decides on a school.
"Most of my cousins went to Texas," Monroe said. "Ahmad Hall is my first cousin and he played there, so I was close to some other players on the team. I'm not sure it's the school I want to go to right now, but it's one of my choices.
"I want to play for a good program. I really don't want to play for a team where things are going bad. I want to go to a strong program and make a difference when I go there.
"I like Texas, Notre Dame and Florida State," he said. " I also like Oklahoma State, Florida, Texas Tech, and Connecticut. Those are the main teams I'm hearing from right now."
Monroe's options will expand as the year moves forward, because he has what every program covets…speed.
"I went to the Texas football camp last summer and I ran a 4.38," Monroe said. "I run track. I run the 100M, 200M and the 4X100M. At state I ran a 10.4 (100M) and I won the 100M 4A state championship."
Monroe reported a reported 3.3 g.p.a. He plans to take the SAT in the spring.