The Del Oro High School senior tailback is his own unique design of talent, and perhaps the best way to illustrate him is as a forward-leaning blur, headed for the end zone.
Monroe gave a verbal commitment to San Jose State on Monday evening, intrigued with the school's graphic design studies and football program that appears to be headed in the right direction. San Jose State is already the home of another former Del Oro star in tight end Ryan Otten, an NFL prospect.
Monroe, powerfully built at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds with excellent open-field speed, rushed for 1,662 yards and 22 touchdowns for Del Oro last season in helping power the Golden Eagles of Loomis to a CIF State Division II bowl. Monroe shared backfield duty with Nick O'Sullivan, since graduated, and could become just the second Del Oro back to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season, joining Bryce Pratt in 2009.
Monroe had an unofficial visit to Oregon earlier this summer but was slowed by an ankle injury. He also couldn't run during a workout at Sheldon High School this summer in a camp set up by San Jose State, but the Spartans liked what they saw of Monroe in film and his transcripts. Del Oro has been a football power for decades, winners of 27 league championships and eight Sac-Joaquin Section crowns, including the last two in Division III. The Golden Eagles last fall won the Sierra Foothill League, rallying to beat rivals Nevada Union and Granite Bay.
- By Joe Davidson
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