Three-star Texan trips to WSU this weekend

MIKE LEACH'S NAME has a particular ring to it in the Lone Star State. And for three-star prospect Ronald Monroe, a Texas State commit, when WSU extended an offer the Cougs immediately jumped up his leaderboard. So much in fact, that the 6-3, 180-pounder wasted little time in setting up an official visit to Pullman for this weekend. He's listed by as a QB, but Wazzu likes him elsewhere.

Rated three stars and the 68th best quarterback in the land by, when Monroe was offered by WSU, Cougar fans might have initially wondered if the staff was bringing in a second signal caller for the class of 2014 to join three-star QB Peyton Bender.

Think again.

"I play quarterback, free safety and cornerback for my high school, but Washington State is actually recruiting me as an outside receiver," Monroe said. "I'm really open to whatever position I can go in and help out a college program, though. I've spoken with Coach David Yost and he's told me about the offense and I think I could be a playmaker in their system. I think I could make plays in any kind of offense."

Yost was down in Richmond, Texas on Monday night to pay Monroe and his family an in-home visit.

"Both he and outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons are recruiting me," Monroe said. "They both really like my explosiveness and speed. I have a high football IQ as well and they love what I can do with the ball in my hands. They've both told me great things about the program and how it's a great fit of guys and a great campus."

MONROE SAID HE'LL TRIP to Pullman this weekend on an official visit. One thing he's certainly looking forward to, in addition to seeing the campus and meeting the players, he said, is meeting Leach.

"We've e-mailed a couple of times, but I'm really looking forward to seeing him in person," Monroe said. "Growing up, I watched him a lot while he was the coach at Texas Tech. He runs a high power offense and I know he likes to throw the ball a lot. I've heard he's a great guy and coach too."

The Fort Bend Bush High standout is currently committed to Texas State, but has seen his recruitment pick up since giving his verbal to the Bobcats back in July. Monroe said he holds offers from WSU, Utah, Houston, New Mexico State and UNLV in addition to Tezas State. He's also planning on taking a trip to Utah on Jan. 17.

"I'm a solid commit to Texas State right now, but I'd like to see what else is out there," Monroe said. "The coaches at Texas State know I'm visiting Washington State this weekend, and being a verbal commit there, they were unhappy about me taking the trip. I want to go out and figure out the best option for me, though."

HE CURRENTLY LISTS Texas State as his No. 1 choice, but added that WSU, Utah and Utah State are other schools that have been raising his intrigue. The Aggies have yet to offer Monroe, but he said he thinks they will offer if he makes it to campus for an official visit. WSU will be his first official trip. He's been to the Texas State campus before, but that was for an unofficial.

"I've had this visit planned since last weekend and I'm really looking forward to it," Monroe said. "I'm just looking forward to see everything and getting a feel of what it would be like to go to Washington State."

As a senior this season, Monroe has thrown for 2,831 yards and 36 touchdowns, while adding 906 yards and 15 scores rushing.

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