Gamecocks Chasing Miami LB

Last year Coach Robert Gillespie and the South Carolina Gamecocks were able to tap into the talent rich recruiting grounds of South Florida and land top prospects like Akeem Auguste, Matt Clements and Dontee Nicholls. Now they are hoping to continue their success in that region as they are pursuing one of the top linebackers in the Sunshine State's class of 2008. Read inside for more.

Coral Reef (Miami, FL) standout linebacker Malcolm Munroe is considered one of the top defensive prospects in South Florida this year, as his offer list has grown to over twenty schools in recent weeks. That list includes tenders from major programs like South Carolina, Clemson, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Wisconsin. While the 6'3", 205 pound Munroe is not ready to name any favorites, one school that is firmly on his radar right now is South Carolina.

"I really like them," Munroe said of the Gamecocks. "They're talking about an interesting way of using me in their scheme as a hybrid D-end in a 3-4 defense. Also, Steve Spurrier coaches there, so I'm really liking them."

Another reason he has grown comfortable with the South Carolina program is because of the relationship that he has developed with his USC recruiter.

"Coach Gillespie is recruiting me for South Carolina. He text messages me, and then he came down to the school twice. He watched me practice and stuff. I like him, and I've gotten to know him pretty good."

Thus far the only recruiting trip that Munroe has been able to make was to Gainesville, FL to check out the Gators, but he said he is looking forward to making his official visits in the fall to get a better feel for the different schools that are courting him. On those visits, Munroe said he will look for a few key factors to help him make a decision on his college choice.

"I'll look for the family atmosphere of the program, the academics, location and lastly the potential to play in a championship."

According to Munroe, he is in no hurry to make a decision, and he could potentially see himself waiting until Signing Day before announcing his college destination.

"They're all basically even right now. I'll take my official visits and then make a decision sometime after the season or maybe on Signing Day."

Munroe was all over the field in his junior season, playing a mixture of linebacker, safety and defensive end as he racked up 64 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. He even blocked two kicks on special teams and recorded 5 catches for 75 yards and 1 touchdown while playing tight end. When asked to describe what strengths he brings to the football field, Munroe said that his intensity and work ethic help to set him apart.

"I go 100-percent every play. I hardly ever get tired. I'm always chasing the ball. I play smart. I study the game. I just play to win."

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