Plainfield, N.J. offensive tackle Eugene Monroe has more offers than he knows what to do with. However, the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder is now narrowing down schools based on research about the universities themselves. So who leads?
"I've really started doing my research on schools and I have a solid top eight in order," said the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder. "In order its Virginia, Maryland, Miami, Southern Cal, Boston College, Penn State, Ohio State and Rutgers."
"Yes, they're on top," said the big man. "From talking to the coaches over the phone, and reading more literature about the school, I'm getting interested in what they have to offer.
"I visited once this past fall (vs. FSU), and I loved the part of the campus that I did get to see. From talking to Coach Groh, Prince and D'Onofrio, I sense more truth behind their words in comparison to other schools, and they seem to respect me more as a person than just a football player. They are having a day for their elite recruits coming up, and I'll try my best to make it."
Monroe has recently listed Maryland as his favorite and the Terps and others are still in the race for sure.
"The others are all of great interest to me, I've added a few new schools like Boston College, Penn State and Ohio State based on some things I've looked at. It's still very early, but these schools all have great football programs and they seem to match what I'm looking for outside of football as well."
Monroe, who just went head-to-head with star defensive linemen Callahan Bright and Melvin Alaeze at the Elite College Combine in New Jersey last Wednesday, is taking things slow the rest of the summer.
"I'll try to get out and see some schools this summer, but I won't camp anywhere," he said. "I loved the combine and going head-to-head with Callahan and Melvin and some others. That's the reason I attended, I wanted to go against the best in the country."
I don't want to play high school football anymore," he joked. "I can't wait to get to college and play. The competition I saw Wednesday night was amazing and I want to play against that."