Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro running back Brandon Monroe is hearing from a number of schools. He reveals…
Monroe Plans To Camp With Oregon In June
"I do not right now."
What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?
"I know that we talk on Facebook a little bit. I took a [unofficial] visit there [to Eugene] two weeks ago I think and I talked with the defensive backs coach, coach [John] Neal, I got to go to a position meeting, and I got a tour of the campus and all their athletic facilities."
While you were on your visit, what was your overall impression of the visit?
"Oh man, it was just...It was incredible with what I saw. All of the indoor stuff, the treatment center, the way that they treat the athletes -- not just athletically -- but how academically they have a tutor for every single athlete. It was just awesome."
You play both running back and defensive back in high school. Has Oregon specified a particular position that they're evaluating you at?
"Right now they are looking at me at safety predominantly right now...I really just want to play wherever someone needs me."
In your discussion with coach Neal, what kinds of things have the two of you discussed?
"I'm going to go to their summer camp in June. Call basis wise, I call him each week just to see how he's doing and how practice is going for the spring and stuff like that...I was actually going to call him (again) pretty soon."
Beyond you attending the camp in June, has coach Neal discussed with you his plans for a potential offer?
"Yeah. He said if I do really well academically and I do well when he comes down in May when he sees me in practice -- if I hustle enough and show I'm not a lazy player -- (then an offer is possible). He wants to see how I am as a player and a person."
What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?
"My interest is very high. I've always loved Oregon. Just what they do for the players is crazy. I think I'd be a really good fit for Oregon, plus they have some Northern California players up there that I know very well and I know that Eddie Vanderdoes from Placer -- who's just 20 minutes away -- is really interested in the offer (from Oregon)."
Is there anything in particular about Oregon that really stands out to you when you consider them as a potential option?
"Yeah, their life skills program; I thought that was just great. Not only are you being watched on the field, but they're also making sure you take care of yourself off the field and that you don't get in trouble and you're not making stupid decisions. They teach you how to handle decisions that maybe you didn't cause, but you still need to (deal with)."
How would you describe yourself as a player?
"Well I definitely try to be physical. I try to make all my tackles -- I want to make 90 percent of my tackles -- and wherever the ball is, is where I want to be. I like being physical and I like going after the ball. I just love playing the game."
Is there a player at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?
"Yeah, [John] Boyett; I'd to become him a little bit and Eric Weddle on the San Diego Chargers. I really like how he plays."
What are you looking for in a program?
"I'm not really sure. I kind of just want to see what happens. I'm just really excited with what's going on right now."
Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?
"Yeah, I definitely want to study graphic design and get in to that kind of stuff. I'm good with computers, so there's definitely a lot of options with that major."
What are some of the offers that you currently hold from other schools?
"I just got my first one (Monday night) from Fresno State."
Are there any other schools, like Oregon, who you've been in contact with but yet to have an offer from?
"Nevada, University of San Diego, UCLA, Oregon State and I think that's pretty much it right now. I think Arkansas and BYU (are interested)."
Are most schools evaluating you at running back or defensive back?
"I'm getting kind of a mix. It's kind of like in between safety and running back. Fresno State didn't even know (what position they wanted me at), they just wanted to get me because their offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator both really liked what I did (last season) and they said they're going to try and find me a spot and I was pretty excited to hear that."
Even though you only have one offer to this point, do you have a top five or a list of favorites at this point?
"I'd definitely say that Oregon is in my top five. Everything was incredible there when I went down. Oregon State was definitely up there too. Fresno State was a good offer because I used to live in the Fresno area and I know around that place pretty well. I like Fresno and where it's at."
As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?
"I've taken tours of San Diego, Nevada and BYU. I'm going to go to the Nike SPARQ combine in Oakland on the 19th of May and then on the 20th of April, I'm going to go to the NFTC in Oakland and I might go to the Eugene one, I'm not sure yet."
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