Early WSU prep arrivals to include Monroe?

"WILL HE or won't he?" It's been the question asked for months about Darryl Monroe, the Florida prep linebacker who verballed to Washington State back in the summer but had since sent out strong signals he was looking around. So is Monroe headed to WSU this January, or to locations elsewhere? In two words, he answered the question for CF.C..

With his high school team playing 15 games in a season that lasted well into December, Darryl Monroe's college choice came down to basically two options...

As an early high school graduate out of Dr. Phillips High, he could do as he planned all along -- enroll early at Washington State in January and get a jump on school and take part in spring football.

Or, he could forgo the early college start, wait and be like the vast majority of recruits -- sign with a school on Feb. 2, maybe take some January visits beforehand and arrive later this summer.

Reached on Sunday, Monroe had only a few moments. But what he said spoke volumes.

So, what's it going to be for the middle linebacker prospect?

"Early enrollment," said Monroe. At Washington State in January?"

"Yes, at Washington State in January," said Monroe.

Monroe won't be the only prep recruit in the Cougs' 2011 class to enroll this January -- and get the earliest of early head starts.

Wide receivers Henry Eaddy and Isiah Myers, also from the Orlando area, early high school graduates and part of the Florida Four who verbally committed to Washington State back in June, say they'll also start classes at Washington State in a little over a week.

WSU in the last couple years has greatly increased the number of early arrivals prior to fall camp, with incoming class members arriving on campus and starting college coursework in June/July. But until now it was only mid-year junior college transfers who enrolled in January, and were able to go through the spring session.

Not any more -- not with crimson prepsters Myers, Eaddy and Monroe coming to town this January.

MONROE AND Dr. Phillips (14-1) made a spirited run this season, they had 11 wins by 41 points or more -- 13 of their wins were by at least 24 points. Their only loss came in the 6A state football championship game.

Complete stats were unavailable but according to the Orlando Sentinel, in eight games played through Nov. 4, Monroe had 78 tackles (9.8 per game), ranking him No. 24 amongst the state's all-classes regular season tackle leaders.

Eaddy and Myers, out of Olympia High, also made a playoff run, which came to an end when they met Monroe and his Dr. Phillips teammates. Myers is rated No. 29 on the Setinel's Central Florida Super60, Monroe checks in at No. 32 and Eaddy ranks No. 33. Another Floridian and future Coug, CB Spencer Waseem, ranks No. 46.

There remains an outside shot for two holdovers from the '10 class -- Sacramento RB Devontae Butler-Booker along with DE Xavier Cooper out of Tacoma's Wilson High -- to complete their academic qualification requirements in time to enroll in January but it appears more likely they would arrive sometime between the start of summer school classes and the start of fall camp. As WSU fans have found out over the years, until the scores are in, every last piece of paperwork is signed off on and they're taking classes at WSU, nothing can ever be counted on for certain. CF.C will continue to keep tabs on the situation and provide updates as the situation warrants. For now, however, three early prep arrivals in January is the story. And a big one.

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