After sorting through his top four schools for the past few weeks and being back and forth about which ones to eliminate, Davidson (N.C.) Day linebacker Chase Monroe woke up one morning and knew he wanted to go to Wake Forest.
On Saturday, he made it official.
“Honestly, I was back and forth on my top three schools for a good bit and I had been praying about it and praying about it,” Monroe told Today’s U. “Then, I woke up one morning and it hit me and I talked to my dad and knew that Wake is where I wanted to be.”
— Chase Monroe (@ChaseMonroe58) July 30, 2016
Less than two weeks ago when Today’s U spoke with Monroe, he broke down his top four of Wake Forest, Kentucky, Mississippi State and West Virginia.
“I would feel like I eliminated one, then it would come back, I would think about it more and think, ‘Nah I don’t want to eliminate them,’” Monroe said. “They were all pretty much in it until I felt God wanted me to go to Wake, then I woke up and that’s where I wanted to go.
“I really did like West Virginia, Mississippi State and Kentucky, but I felt like I was the best fit at Wake.”
The 247Sports 87 overall three-star believes the future is very promising for the Demon Deacons, but that’s not the only reason he opted for the ACC school.
“I’ve gotten to develop a great relationship with Wake because they were my first offer a year ago, a little over a year now,” Monroe said. “Over that time we’ve developed a great relationship and over time, I can see the progress they are building towards, the football program, the recruits, their progress towards an ACC championship. I have the ability to come in and be a part of that and play early and that was one of the biggest things I was looking for.”
Monroe was on campus to break the news to the coaching staff in person and they were excited to add the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder
“They were pumped up,” Monroe said. “I told the linebacker coach and the head coach first, coach (Dave) Clawson, coach (Clark) Lea, they were fired up, smiling and wanting to take pictures. We sat in the office after that and kept talking about the weight room, the fit and what the future is going to look like. The future is bright, I can tell you that much. I’m looking forward to get there as soon as I can.”
The coaches weren’t the only important relationships in Monroe choosing Wake as he’s also set to play with two of his teammates from Davidson Day during his time at Wake.
“My running back (Cade Carney) that was on my team last year is there now and my quarterback (Sam Hartman) that is a year younger than me is committed there now,” Monroe said.
Commits and fans from his other finalists had also reached out to try to bring the three-star closer to a commitment to their school, before the Deacons ultimately prevailed.
“Kentucky’s huge fan base reached out to me and Mississippi State had a few guys reach out to me,” Monroe said. “I definitely got a good pull from each school.”
With his decision now out of his way, Monroe is fully focused on moving forward.
“Now my focus is on my team, which it has been, but its 100 percent on my team and winning another state championship, going back to back with another undefeated season,” Monroe said. “After this season is my freshman year of college, then I’ve got to train even harder and become a workhorse even more.”