November 5, 2013
BYU's success against Texas teams seems to translate to Texas prospects
The BYU coaches are continuing to recruit the state of Texas, this time in the Houston area. For the 2014 class BYU has 3 commits from the state of Texas. Part of the success in the recent focus and success in Texas is Coach Holliday who previously was at UTEP.
Ronald Monroe has been hearing from BYU for about 5 months now. "At first I received a letter and then Coach Beck Facebook messaged me and then later Coach Holliday visited my school. He watched run 7-on-7 and said he liked what he saw and said I was a great QB," said Monroe. Monroe is a 6-foot-4, 190-pound athlete. I say athlete because here are some of the schools recruiting him and for what position.
BYU - QB, Utah State - QB, Utah - Safety, Texas State - CB/Safety, Iowa State - CB, Colorado State - QB and Washington State - WR.
This is a new style of QB that BYU is going after; we are seeing that now with Taysom Hill and his success on the ground as well as through the air. It definitely looks like Monroe has the skills to be able to have the same success of being a dual threat quarterback. When asked what quarterbacks he emulates or feels like he plays like, Monroe said Cam Newton, RGIII and Colin Kaepernick.
"Me personally I am more of a pass first guy, I am looking for my receivers to make the plays for me but if my team needs me to pull it down and make plays then I can do that," said Monroe about being a dual-threat QB.
One thing that plays to BYU's favor is the clean atmosphere at the university and the ability for Monroe to focus on what is important. "I like that BYU is a religious school, obviously God comes first so I like that they put the Man above first and they have great academics on top of that they have a great program." Monroe continued saying, "college is about getting an education first and playing football second so I am not really looking for a party type of school. I am looking for a place where I can focus on school and football."
Currently Monroe is committed to Texas State, but that is not stopping schools from showing interest. Utah offered last month and tonight Washington State offered. Monroe feels Utah State, Colorado State and Iowa State are also close to offering. As for BYU, Coach Beck has told Monroe that they want to keep in contact and see what the QB situation looks like in December and if they have an open spot they will offer.
Monroe has schedule an official visit to Utah and is planning to schedule one with BYU, Utah State and Washington State. When asked if he wasn't committed to Texas State what schools would be in his top 3, Monroe said BYU, Utah and Utah State.
So how does being committed to Texas State but still receiving offers from more prestigious school affect Monroe? "It affects it by just giving me a bigger stage to play on and better education. And I really just have to think about it and talk it over with my parents and just really see if Texas State is still the best school for me or if I feel there is something better for me than I will have to change my mind."
Monroe currently holds a 3.4 GPA and wants to major in business law. For the season he has thrown for 2,391 passing yards with 33 TD's and 4 INT's with 700+ yards rushing and 12 TD's.
Monroe also has a twin brother, Donald who is 6-foot-2, 170-pounds. Donald's recruitment slowed down after he broke his meniscus but since has picked up since healing.
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