Plainfield, N.J. offensive tackle Eugene Monroe has as many offers as anyone would need. Super powers like Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Southern Cal, Michigan, LSU and others have all sent their intentions in writing. However, Monroe has made an early decision and is very relieved the process is over.
"I committed to Virginia," said the 6-foot-6, 320-pounder, who is ranked as the No. 11 player in the country. "I visited there this past weekend and I just fell in love with the place. It has everything I need -- great academics, great football, location, people -- it's the perfect fit."
Monroe, who was also seriously considering Maryland, got that feeling in his heart when visiting Charlottesville this past weekend.
"They say you'll know it when you're on campus when it's the place for you," he said. "That's the feeling I got. I can't imagine another place that's better for me. It was funny because I was in coach Prince's office and he was looking at me funny because I looked confused. He didn't know it at the time, but I wanted to commit but I just wasn't sure I should. When I got back home and slept on it, I was sure today."
Monroe is the top player in the state of New Jersey and has been compared to the likes of Bryant McKinnie, Orlando Pace and Jonathan Ogden.