Monroe could be top player in the country

Wisconsin is in pursuit of star offensive lineman


2005 Target: Eugene Monroe

Expected to be the top player in the state of New Jersey, Plainfield High School offensive lineman Eugene Monroe, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound athlete with 5.3 speed in the 40-yard dash, may be the best player in the country. With that designation comes the attention of all the major colleges in the United States.

"I have received offers from Miami, Michigan St., Penn. St., UConn, Rutgers, Stanford, and USC," Monroe said.

"My early top five right (now) would have to be in no order Miami, Maryland, Michigan St., Virginia, and Rutgers," he added. "I'm looking for a school that has the best academics, the school that would fill my educational needs if I wasn't a football player." Monroe currently has a 4.0 grade point average.

Eugene's goals are plain and simple. "I want a state championship," he said. "I also want to get a hundred pancake blocks. I want to control the line of scrimmage more easily and improve my hand quickness and placement. I also want to improve my agility and movement. I feel that I'm a real good pass blocker as well, and I can dominate on run blocking."

Monroe isn't sure that he will go to any camps this summer. "I have been to Rutgers and Maryland's junior day, and that's probably about it," he said. "I have taken a few unofficial visits to Rutgers, Maryland, and Virginia, and last year while I was at the Nike Camp at Penn St. I took a tour of the campus."

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