As a monthly feature, we will be bringing you recruiting journals from some of the best football players in the country. For this week's installment, Eugene Monroe will discuss some of his experiences over the past few months. You can expect another top recruit to provide us with a recruiting journal for the next three weeks. This should continue until National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Enjoy and as always, we treasure your feedback. Please e-mail me at Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: email@example.com to provide comments or ideas for additional features.
Eugene Monroe (OL, 6'6"-320lbs, 5.2 forty) from Plainfield H.S in Plainfield, New Jersey is arguably the best player in the state of New Jersey and one of the best offensive linemen in the country. Currently, he has over 20 written offers from schools across the nation. By the end of the May evaluation period, he will probably have well over 40 written offers along with numerous verbal offers.
Monroe has the ability to
be a standout left tackle on the collegiate level. His 6'6" frame, long
arms, and good footwork allows him to dominate the line of scrimmage. He is
also an outstanding student who carries a 4.0 grade average in a honors curriculum,
which makes him even more attractive to college recruiters.
Eugene Monroe's May Recruiting Journal
What new offers have I received since April? I really don't remember all of them. It brought my total to around 40 or so, but at this point, I'm done with getting offers. Guys may think it's great to say they have 100 offers, but it's really pointless. Ten more offers will not make me a better person or player, and it won't help me in choosing a school. I'd say I have offers from all of the schools I'm willing to consider.
The recruiting process is not the most fun thing in the world. When it first started, it was something exciting. I would come home from the weight room eager to open mail before I started my homework and ate. Now it's like, I hope I have no mail in the box. I don't read too much mail anymore. I just pile it up, and once in the blue moon I'll grab a few letters. It's too much. Phone calls were terrible, and it's not even September. Quite a few coaches found themselves on hold, and I've even gotten three to four calls in a row at times. I really wanted to neglect some calls, but they would just call and leave messages and keep calling until they got me so I'd answer and talk. You have to be prepared for the phone calls, as they can last a long time.
I don't enjoy the recruiting process at all anymore. The next and last things for me to do are research and visit. I can't even recall the most interesting thing I've heard or read. There comes a time when it all sounds the same. When you pick up the phone, you know what you are going hear after a while: some slight pressure here and there (which I ignore), and the talk of the town, "We have the best (fill in the blank)!"
Narrowing my list down is very difficult. Recently I've been planning what weeks I'd prefer taking my visits, acknowledging my football schedule. The end of this month shall dawn a list containing no more than 10 universities. I refuse to deal with a coagulated caller ID in the fall. I'm still searching for criteria, because in the beginning I didn't realize this was going to happen. The role of distance was non-existent in the beginning, but as things wind down and family comes in, it's becoming a minor factor. It's just something I think about when I'm looking at certain schools. I'm still open, but I'm not sure how much longer that will last. But I'll definitely venture far if the school is a best fit situation for me.
(Hoos) recruiting me the hardest? Many universities send me loads of mail, but I wouldn't consider that hard recruitment. Te schools I like the most at this point have shown me the most interest or information about their university and football programs. I'd say it's not who recruits me the hardest, but it is who I look at and consider most deeply.
I do want to play as a freshman, which is one of the reasons; I'm trying to graduate early. I'd get a head start on things and won't be rushed onto the field if I do get to play early. I just feel like that the only thing left to accomplish in high school is a state championship, and that time will come before I'd graduate early. Committing early isn't really on the outlook, but if I feel I find a school that fits me, Eugene Monroe, and nobody else's criteria than I'll declare my decision to get it over with.
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