More than a dozen programs have offered a scholarship to Davidson (N.C.) Day 2017 inside linebacker Chase Monroe, but at this point, only four schools have emerged as finalists.
“I would say Wake Forest, West Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi State,” Monroe told Today’s U. “I have a great relationship with all of those coaches, so those are the main schools I’m looking at right now.”
Should any new offers come his way, it appears it is too late for them to have a legitimate shot at the 247Sports 87 overall three-star.
Extremely honored to have received an offer from West Virginia ! pic.twitter.com/arMKfuAooi
— Chase Monroe (@ChaseMonroe58) June 25, 2016
“I think those are just my options right now and who I’ve gotten it narrowed down to,” Monroe said.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder has already visited each of those four schools and done his research thoroughly. Because there isn’t much else left for him to see, a decision could come very soon.
“I don’t have an exact date, but probably within the next couple weeks or month or maybe even before then,” Monroe said. “It’s not just one thing and I’m not searching for something else from these schools, but when the time feels right and I feel God is leading me to one school, then I will commit there.”
Monroe doesn’t have any return trips scheduled to any of those four schools, he said. One primary source of attraction to these four schools is the potential to play right away.
“I think everywhere, I have the ability to play early,” Monroe said. “That is what the coaches are telling me and that’s something I’m definitely looking for and that’s why those four schools are my top four schools.”
“Something else I’m really looking for is a great relationship with the coaches and I have a great relationship with the linebackers coach a Wake Forest and also at Mississippi State. West Virginia is still kind of new and at Kentucky I’m building a great relationship with coach (D.J.) Eliot. So, a great relationship, the opportunity to play early and those types of things are what I’m looking for.”
When he visited his top four schools, something different stuck out about each one.
“I really liked the atmosphere at Mississippi State,” he said. “It was very big time and a very family-oriented atmosphere too. Something family-like is what I’m looking for. I’m looking for a place I can build a relationship with my coach and talk to him about anything.”
Mississippi State made an impression, but so did other schools:
“Kentucky is another great atmosphere I like and Wake Forest, I’ve been developing a relationship with them for over a year and I like them very much. West Virginia is still very new, so as I continue to build a relationship with them, I’ll see where it goes.”
Monroe had already announced a top three of Wake Forest, Kentucky and Mississippi State on June 21, but a West Virginia offer four days later helped the Mountaineers stretch his list into a top four. You will notice that in the quotes above, Monroe kept referring to West Virginia as “new.” We’ll see if “new” becomes “number one” in the course of time.
— Chase Monroe (@ChaseMonroe58) June 21, 2016
Wherever Monroe ends up, he expects to see the field sooner rather than later because coaches love his well-balanced skill set as a linebacker.
“One thing coaches really like is that I can cover for being such a big body,” Monroe said. “I’m back in coverage every time there’s a pass. I can blitz and rush and stuff, but I have the ability to cover really well, so my coach usually has me back in zone or many, so I’m very versatile to be able to play the pass, but still stop the run.”
Monroe can perform many different tasks as a defender. At some point, he’ll have to choose from the four schools on his list.