Defensive tackle Andre Monroe made his decision yesterday. The Washington (D.C.) St. John's College High prospect decided to stay home and committed to play for Maryland.
"I committed yesterday to Coach Franklin first and then he got me to talk to Coach Friedgen to seal the deal," he stated. "They were excited. They were really happy for me that I'm going to Maryland. I'm a local guy and staying home and they liked that. They are really excited for me to come and finish up my senior year strong academically."
Monroe selected the Terrapins over offers from Bowling Green, Ohio, Miami (Ohio), Akron and New Mexico.
What made him pick Maryland?
"They were the home team and my family is close by. They still want to see me grow up and support me and come to my games," he said. "I also chose Maryland because I fit their defense. They have a new style and brought in a 4-3. It's a very aggressive attacking defense and I felt I would fit best there. That helped to make my decision easier.
"On top of that, I wanted to make my decision earlier, so this gets it out of the way. Also, the coaches were important. They care at Maryland. I got to talk to them a lot and I wanted people that care."
In particular, Ralph Friedgen was important in his choice.
"I just like how he's all about academics first," he said. "Character comes before being a football player. He recognized me as a great player, but wants to make sure I'm getting things done academically and checked out my SAT and GPA. That lets me know they are paying attention to who they let in."
Monroe added a final thought on his choice.
"I'm just happy," he said. "It feels great to get it out of the way early. I think with the class before and the class after me we can win a national championship if everyone stays home."