Monroe's Recruitment Right on Track

Three-star Maryland defensive back is mixing track with football this spring. Who is in the lead for his services?

Ayron Monroe is not the only athlete that has found his time on the track eating into his time to focus on recruiting.

Yet, the Washington, D.C., St. John's junior defensive back ran in the Penn Relays recently before competing at the Nike Football Training Camp at the New York Jets training facility the same weekend. After all, there is always time to focus on his future goals.

"I can't really do much because I have track meets every week, but I'm still active," Monroe said. "Right now, showing me the most interest is between Penn State, Maryland and Wake Forrest."

Penn State and Maryland have long been the standout pursuers for the three-star talent, while the Deacons have just recently come into the fold. Monroe made trips to both College Park and University Park this spring.

Nittany Lion running backs coach Charles Huff and defensive coordinator Bob Shoop have communicated most with Monroe for head coach James Franklin's program, making clear along the way that they view him as a safety.

"Right now, they have me at the top of their board at the safety position," Monroe said. "[Playing corner or safety] won't really make a difference, but I'm more comfortable at safety. It's just the fact that I played it more.

"I like the coaches [at PSU]. I went to the spring game and there were a lot of people at the game, and I went to a game last season," he continued. "I like how it is up there."

Monroe has built a strong bond with Shoop, who would be his position coach should he choose to continue his career in blue and white.

"We talk football a lot, he's met my family, and we've built a good relationship," Monroe said.

Maryland also views Monroe as a safety, and the junior said he has spoken most with Terps' offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart.

"They have me somewhere at the top of their board," Monroe said. "I'm not sure how high or how low, but somewhere around the top.

"They see me anywhere they need me on defense; wherever they need me, whether it's corner or safety."

A timetable for a decision has not yet been set, Monroe said. He added he will need to discuss things with his family and coaches before releasing what is in store for the rest of his recruitment.

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