Monroe Shows Patience In The Process

Blinn LB Jake Monroe (6-0, 230) is one of the top returning tackles in the JUCO ranks and he's doing his best to be patient as the recruiting process runs its course...

As a freshman for the Bucs last season, Monroe posted 79 tackles, four sacks, eight tackles-for-loss, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, three pass breakups and a blocked punt.

"I can play inside or outside, but last year I played more of the MIK (middle) linebacker spot and I played a little bit of the SAM (strongside)," Monroe told "I have a good blend of athleticism and size and I feel like I have good instincts. Those things allow me to make plays against the run and blitz and also drop back into coverage as well.

"A lot of guys can know where to go and read the play, but they also need to be physical enough at the point-of-attack to make the play and I think that's what I do that other guys can't do."

As far as recruiting goes, Monroe has yet to receive his first offer, but that could change once schools get out to see what he can do during spring football.

"I've been talking to some smaller schools, but the schools I know that have talked to my coaches are TempleAppalachian State and Boise State," Monroe noted. "Of course I'd like to have some offers right now, but I also know it's a long process and I need to just be patient and control the things I can control, so that's what I am doing."

One of the things he can control is his preparation for what he hopes is a big sophomore season.

"I've been working a lot on my conditioning and being in better shape so that I can be fresh at the end of games," Monroe said. "I also want to get better in coverage. That comes with being able to read routes better, film study and also making sure my feet are as quick as possible."

As a prep at Cold Spring (Tx.) Oakhurst High School, Monroe had offers from UTEP and Army, but he decided to got the JUCO route in order to garner more interest.

"Both of those programs are good, but I felt like I could play at a bigger school, so I just wanted to give myself more of an opportunity to get more schools to see me since my high school was so small," Monroe recalled. "Blinn is a great program and I love the staff here and feel like if I can be successful here, then I should be able to get some more schools, some bigger schools, to give me some attention."

Monroe is set to graduate in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2017 football season.

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