EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT NO. 2: Monroe verbal

THE COUGS HAVE unwrapped a couple of early Christmas presents. Ronald Monroe, a 3-star prospect who visited WSU earlier this month, tells Cougfan.com he went crimson a short time ago. The 6-foot-3 Monroe, who will come to WSU as an outside receiver, joins Class of 2015 4-star DT prospect Thomas Toki, who also went crimson on the day before Christmas.

Ronald Monroe out of Sugar Land, Texas, had been running silent, running deep since his recent official visit to Washington State. But he was both available and talkative on the night before Christmas.

"I just committed to Washington State... And really, I kinda knew when I was on my visit to Washington State but I wanted to give it some time, make sure I was making the right decision... and I (also) just wanted to give them an early Christmas present," said Monroe.

Monroe, out of George Bush High, chose Washington State over offers from Utah, Houston, UNLV, Texas State, New Mexico State and San Jose State.

"It was just the relationship I built with the coaches and the positive atmosphere on campus," said Monroe. "The team and the coaches made me feel like I was one of them. With my athleticism, I can get up and down the field at the receiver position and catch a lot of footballs there."

MONROE IS RATED a three-star quarterback prospect by scout.com but he'll be coming to Washington State as an outside receiver, he says.

He spoke on Christmas Ever to both his future position coach, Dennis Simmons, and Washington State head man Mike Leach.

"They were ecstatic to hear the news," said Monroe. "They said they can't wait to get me up there this summer and get working. They want me on the outside and they want me to use my speed and athleticism to stretch the field."

MONROE WAS VERBALLY committed to Texas State before his official to Washington State changed everything.

"I was committed to Texas State, but I made that commitment early," Monroe said. "As time went on, I felt like Washington State would allow me to play on a bigger stage and against better competition.

"Right now I'm locked in with Washington State and I don't think anything will change my mind."

MONROE ALSO SAID the difference between Texas and WSU isn't a concern.

"Pullman is a great place -- I loved it while I was there," said Monroe. "I felt like I was at home. It's a long place from Texas, but when I was on my visit, the coaches and the players really opened up their arms to me."

"I thank everybody for recruiting me but I'm excited Washington State saw something in me and that they're giving me the opportunity to compete in the Pac-12. I'm looking forward to taking my talent up there and competing on the big stage."

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NOTABLE NOTES:
  • As a senior, Monroe threw for 3,312 yards with 41 touchdowns agains only five interceptions. He also ran for 819 yards and another 14 scores.

  • Ronald's twin brother, Donald Monroe, is also his teammate at Bush.

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