Davidson Day linebacker Chase Monroe had narrowed his college choices to four within the last month, but made one thing clear — he was going to make his final decision in person, on the campus of his future school.
He did just that Thursday, as he made the little over one-hour journey to Winston-Salem to verbally commit to play at Wake Forest University.
Monoroe picked the Deacs over Mississippi State, Kentucky and West Virginia.
"Something I love about the Deacs is that it’s big time football that is the closest to home," Monroe told Demon Deacons Digest after practice earlier this month. "I also love the relationships I’ve made with everyone there — (defensive coordinator) coach (Mike) Elko, coach (Dave) Clawson. Pretty much everybody, including (linebackers) coach Clark Lea. We’re talking every day now, talking about his kids, my sisters, not even just football stuff.
"Something that is really appealing about Wake is their education. They’re one of the top schools in the country for business. Another thing is playing early. I know I have to earn everything, but just having the chance is what I’m looking for."
Davidson Day football coach Chad Grier said Monroe is a pro-typical MIC linebacker. Last season for Davidson Day, he had 129 tackles in 10 games, and has totaled 393 in his career, which is a school record. He also holds Davidson Day records for most tackles in a game (27) and a season (169).
"He’s going to stuff the middle and aggressively stop the run. That’s your guy," Grier said. "He’s going to make tackles and a lot of those tackles are going to be big hits. He’s got surprisingly athletic hips and feet. People go after Chase because they know he’s going to stop the run."
Monroe believes his field awareness and ability to cover set him apart.
"I can diagnose plays well right now, but at the college level it will go so much faster and quicker,"he said."I need to get faster on my leads and faster on my break. I need to come up on the ball faster and be more disciplined in general."
Grier said the Deacs are getting a special player in Monroe.
"He’s such a great kid — playful and fun to be around. But when he steps between the lines, he’s a different person," Grier said. "He’s not someone you want bearing down on you. He was born to play linebacker. He’s great at it."