Rutgers Increases Recruitment of Monangai

Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.) running back Kevin Monangai has turned plenty of heads by scoring 21 touchdowns and averaging more than 12 yards per carry in six games this season, and his recruitment is starting to perk. Monangai talked to about his season, and which teams have increased the recruitment of the 5-foot-10, 195-pounder.

It has taken time, but the ridiculous rushing numbers Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.) running back Kevin Monangai is putting up on a consistent basis has caught the eye of several FBS schools.

Monangai, who is averaging 12.36 yards per carry and has rushed for 1,248 yards and 21 touchdowns in six games, is hearing from Rutgers, Syracuse and Boston College.

"I haven't gotten any more offers, but apparently Rutgers is making a decision really soon," the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Monangai said. "My coaches are pretty good friends with the Rutgers coaches, and they've been talking, and (Rutgers) said they're very surprised with my highlight tape so far, the few games of the season, and they were really going to look into it."

Monangai, who holds an offer from Monmouth, is also getting recruited by Maryland, Syracuse and Boston College.

"Maryland has been on and off, but I haven't heard from them lately," Monangai said. "Syracuse, no one has really said they were going to offer at this point."

As for Boston College, Monangai has strong feelings.

"I love the school, the coaches, everything," he said. "I talked to (one of) the coaches last night, and they just got back from Florida, and they would be making a decision about me pretty soon. Maybe this week."

Monangai's recruitment was slowed since last fall, when a high ankle sprain kept him out of four games late in the season. And when he returned to the field, he was not as effective because the injury was still painful and the ankle was weak. He finished his junior season with 740 yards on 93 carries, and scored 12 touchdowns.

"I'm impatient with the process," Monangai said. "It's been a little hard, admittedly, but I just try to take it one game at a time with it."

Those games have been something to marvel at, and apparently caught the attention of the Scarlet Knights coaching staff.

His lowest rushing total of the season was a 130-yard effort against Montclair (N.J.) High on Sept. 25. He also happened to score six touchdowns in that 55-34 win.

Monangai's gaudiest game came in a 51-27 win against West Orange (N.J.) High on Oct. 9, when he ran for 328 yards and five touchdowns on 30 carries. He followed that effort by rushing for 292 yards and three scores on 21 attempts in last week's 37-2 win against Irvington (N.J.) High.

"I think I'm refusing to be stopped," Monangai said. "Last year, especially with my injury, there was a fire burning for me to get better, and want to be the best running back in New Jersey. I'm setting up my blocks a lot more and I'm looking for the cut back, and I'm always looking to score on every play."

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