February 8, 2011

Monroe nearing a decision?

Since he first visited Texas A&M last summer, Reserve (La.) East St. John ATH Darion Monroe has thought a lot about what it might be like to play football for the Aggies.

He may be getting close to finding out.

Monroe, who was offered a scholarship when he visited A&M's Jan. 22 junior day, told Aggieyell.com that he may make a decision to commit to the Aggies as soon as next week.

"I've been thinking a lot about already. I really like it over there," he said. "My mom just wants me to be patient and make sure it's right. I think we're going to sit down next week and discuss it again."

Monroe said that he's been talking with both Terrell Williams and former East St. John standout Patrick Lewis about what it would be like if he were to join the A&M recruiting class of 2012.

"Pat said that it would be like opening up a recruiting pipeline right into the parish," he said. "He's there, Floyd (Raven) is there now, and you've got (Darzil Washington) from West St. John. If I go there, then every division one caliber player in the parish is going to be looking at A&M. I could be the one to really blow things open."

Monroe said that the last-second decision by Raven to switch his commitment to A&M from Ole Miss was something that added even more strength to A&M's case.

"It's great that he ended up at the right place," Monroe said of his teammate. "It may have gotten crazy at the end, but it worked out. It's cool that he's going to be there."

Monroe has checked A&M's depth chart in the secondary and sees opportunity for quick playing time. Getting on the field immediately, though, isn't a requirement.

"If I don't play my first year, I understand. A lot of guys don't play as freshmen," he said. "But by my sophomore year, I want to be out there helping make a difference for the team."

One thing he may not get, however, is the number he's after.

"I've always worn 2 or 6; I looked at the roster and I saw Floyd's number, 3, is taken and I just know he's going to take 6," he said. "Maybe when I get there, I can take three from him and I can get him to switch."

Monroe said that he had been invited to A&M's third junior day, but didn't know if he would be able to attend.

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