October 13, 2011

Monroe Leading the Playoff Push

For Texas A&M commit Darion Monroe the recruiting process must seem like ages ago. It's been nearly eight months since the standout Louisiana athlete liked what he saw enough from the Aggies to choose them over a host of other offers from across the country. Since then the landscape of college football seems to have completely changed. Enough so that Monroe will now get many more opportunities to play in front of friends and family than he originally thought as the Aggies begin play in the Southeastern Conference next season.

"Their move to the SEC is very attractive to me," said Monroe Wednesday evening. "I grew up here in SEC country and it is going to be better for my family to be able to come to see my games instead of having to drive all the way to places like Nebraska and stuff to see me play. Of course LSU is the obvious place that is close to us but the schools in Mississippi and even Tennessee are close to us too. I actually grew up rooting for LSU so it will be fun to get to play against them."

Despite his future at the collegiate level being on the defensive side of the ball as one of the top ranked cornerback prospects in the country, Monroe makes his mark mostly behind center for his East St. John's team.

"I pretty much just play quarterback for my team now," said Rival's 23rd ranked cornerback. "Sometimes in big situations like big third downs coach will put me out there at cornerback but he likes to just keep me focused on offense right now. As the playoffs get closer he says he will let me start doing more in the return game too."

As is the case most of the time, having the best athlete on the field lined up taking the snaps for your team usually translates to success.

"We are sitting at 4-2 right now and we are really starting to gel," said Monroe. "We are starting to look like a good team that can make a run in the playoffs. This week we have one of our big rivals in Hahnville so it should be a big test for us. After that we have Destrehan who is the other really big game we play every year, so we have a tough stretch coming up but we are really starting to come together on both sides of the ball and I think we will be ok."

Monroe's schedule earlier in the season allowed him the chance to make the trip to College Station for his future teams showdown the Oklahoma State. It wasn't his first game at Kyle field but he saw more of what drew him to the school to begin with.

"I just love the atmosphere at Texas A&M," he said. "I have been to a couple games there now including Oklahoma State this year and it is so loud there. The fans are really into the games there. The crowd is going to be there no matter who they are playing. I don't know if I will be able to make any more games this year but I definitely know I am going to take my official visit after the season, probably in December."

With some of the struggle the Aggies have had at the cornerback position at times this season, Monroe sees an opportunity for him to possibly make an immediate impact once he lands on campus.

"I see some things I think I can help the team with immediately," said the four star senior. "I think I have very good instincts at the cornerback position, Sometimes I think cornerbacks lay back and try not to get beat. That mentality can be a bad thing at times. I'm also familiar with the return game and could possibly help out there too."

Monroe has thrown for nearly 1200 yards so far this season, completing 60% of his passes with 11 touchdowns. He has also rushed for over 300 yards and 7 more scores.

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