With eight signees from Louisiana over the last three recruiting classes, it's clear that Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman sees the Bayou state as a fertile area for blue chip prospects. That trend is continuing in the early days of the 2012 recruiting class. Last week, the Aggies landed Abbeville defensive end Alonzo Williams. On Sunday, Texas A&M added its second Louisiana prospect to the 2012 class when athlete Darion Monroe from East St. Johns HS verbally pledged to play his college football in the state of Texas.
"I tried calling Coach Sherman, but I finally got Coach Williams (asst. coach) on the phone," Monroe said. "I told him ‘I'm ready to be an Aggie' and I think he couldn't believe it at first. He kept saying ‘Are you serious?' It was funny.''
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound speed athlete plays quarterback on the East St. John's but he projects at cornerback at the collegiate level and that's where the Aggies want him to play. However, Monroe did say that the staff has been talking to him about some exciting plans.
"I'm going to come in and help them out at cornerback," Monroe said. "But they like my versatility and what I can do with the ball in my hands. We've talked about me playing some wildcat in the offense. They like my moves and they think I'm good enough to throw out of the wildcat a little bit."
Monroe said it was Coach Sherman and his staff that was the main reason for committing with the Aggies. He also likes the situation with the depth chart at cornerback, and the opportunity to play with former East St. Johns teammates Floyd Raven and Patrick Lewis was something he could not refuse.
"Coach Sherman is a great coach. The program is on the rise," Monroe said. "They have two seniors starting at my position next year so there's opportunity for me to come in and play early. Also, it will be great to play alongside Floyd."
Monroe says the Aggies will be getting a player that is versatile and can make plays on the field, but more importantly he's somebody that will take care of his business off the field as well.
"I'm good with the books and I don't party that much," Monroe said. "They won't have to worry about me. They will get somebody that will work hard and take care of his business."
Monroe wants to study petroleum engineering in college and he's excited that Texas A&M has one of the best programs in the country in his major. While Monroe says he's excited and solid in his commitment, he wouldn't rule out taking another visit over the next 11 months before Signing Day 2012.
Monroe Makes The Call
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