Detroit Crockett wide receiver Tyree Monroe has been a standout at nearly every camp he has attended in the last year. The 5-11, 175-pound pass catcher has attracted the attention of numerous schools, but could not reel in his first offer… until this weekend.
"Yesterday I went to a 7-on-7 at Toledo with my football team and they were evaluating me for an offer. I gave them a call just a few minutes ago and the coaches asked if I might be able to help them lead them to a championship. I said 'of course,' and he said 'Well, we'd like to offer you a scholarship and hopefully you can lead us to that championship one day.'"
Monroe is being recruited to Toledo by assistant coach Paul Nichols, whom he met for the first time Saturday at the 7-on-7 camp.
"Since this is my first offer, they are going to be there until the end. One of my former teammates, Ashton Gaines, is going to Toledo and he said it is a pretty good place.
Monroe is looking to add to his offer list this summer by attending several camps. He will partake in the Sound Mind, Sound Body Camp, where more than 75 college coaches are expected to be in attendance, then plans to work out for as many schools as he can later in the month.
"I will be going to Bowling Green a week before Sound Mind, Sound Body," Monroe said. "I'm going to Toledo, Michigan, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Illinois, Akron, Cincinnati and Ohio State."
Ohio State is a team that Monroe feels has shown significant interest this spring. He was in Columbus a day before the NIKE Camp there last month, and discussed his recruitment with assistant coach Paul Haynes.
"I went down there for the Elite 11 and talked to Coach Haynes," Monroe said. "He said he liked my work and liked how I could catch. He just wanted me to work with the wide receivers coach."
Monroe's teammate, quarterback Brian Blackburn, was also offered by Toledo after this weekend's 7-on-7 camp. This fall will be the first that Monroe will work with Blackburn, after the receiver transferred from Madison Heights (Mich.) Madison this off-season.