RECRUITING: OU's OL search hits the east coast

Plainfield, N.J. offensive lineman Eugene Monroe doesn't know much about the Sooners being on the east coast. But now that they are showing interest in the 6-foot-6, 330 pound tackle, he's ready to research what Oklahoma is all about.


There are a number of great players in New Jersey this year, but there may be none better than Eugene Monroe. In fact, he may be the very best offensive lineman in the country. Monroe goes into his senior season as a three-year starter at left tackle, a position that he will more than likely play in college.

"Most teams are recruiting me to play offensive tackle in college," said Monroe. "I would like to play left tackle in college. I used to play right tackle and center, but I have grown accustomed to playing left tackle. I just think I play that position better. I think it is a very important position in the offensive line and I hear it is the big money position in the NFL."

Monroe dominated at the line of scrimmage with 57 pancake blocks, which better his junior season of 43. Monroe can bench 345 pounds, squats 560 and he posted a 24 1/2 vertical jump. A first team All-State selection last season, Monroe participated in football camps at Maryland and Rutgers last season. This season he has already participated in the Army All-American camp in San Antonio.

"I think I did very well at the camp in San Antonio," said Monroe. "I don't think I ran very well, but I think I did well in all the other drills."

Monroe has already been offered by over 30 schools with Minnesota and South Carolina offering today.

"I really don't have a top four or five right now, but I do have a couple of schools that I like a lot right now," said Monroe. "I really like Virginia and Maryland right now, but I have a lot of other schools that I like a lot as well.

"Oklahoma came into the picture a couple of weeks ago and I am in the process of researching them right now. I don't know a lot about the academics at Oklahoma, but that is something that I will look into.

"I know that Oklahoma is coming to the Elite College Combine at Giants Stadium to see me. I am looking forward to participating in tha, because a number of college coaches are going to be there. I know I can't like all the schools, so I will have to start narrowing down who I like and who I don't. I don't know when I will start narrowing my schools down, but I am not going to confuse myself by acting as if I like all of them."

Monroe is a very good student and has already qualified, but at this point he is not sure what he wants to major in.

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