One of Texas A&M’s top football recruits is making an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend.
Darion Monroe of Reserve, La., has been committed to Texas A&M for nearly a year but began looking at options after the Aggies coach Mike Sherman was fired last week.
Georgia Tech is recruiting Monroe to play quarterback.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder was contacted by Georgia Tech assistant Mike Sewak last week. “He said ‘we’re going to get things back going with you again with recruiting. We’re going to start a new relationship. He came to my house last night and met with my family. My parents liked him, so we set up a visit for this week.”
Monroe will be joined by several other top prospects that will be making official visits to Georgia Tech this weekend. Among the group will be three players committed to Georgia Tech – defensive end Francis Kallon of Central Gwinnett, defensive tackle Pat Gamble of Central of Carrollton, and linebacker Tyler Stargel of Gulf Shores, Ala.
Other guests include: Kicker Ryan Frain of Indianapolis, who is committed to Illinois but considering options after the firing of Ron Zook; Norcross cornerback Anthony Autry, who may be offered by Georgia Tech this weekend; and Alex McCalister, a 6-foot-7 defensive end from North Carolina who claims around 15 offers, including UGA, Florida, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
Back to Monroe: He was originally recruited by Georgia Tech as a defensive back, which is the same position he was projected to play at Texas A&M.
“After talking with me, Georgia Tech said they are looking at me to play QB and I can see myself playing QB in their offense,” Monroe said. “I’m a running quarterback and I can also throw the ball. That’s what Georgia Tech said they are looking for, somebody who can throw the ball and run. Other colleges told me that they would give me a chance to play QB but they run pro-style offenses. Georgia Tech’s offense is the best fit for me.”
Monroe has also been approached by Miami, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh within the last week. Monroe said he remains committed to Texas A&M and will visit the Aggies in January.
“Right now, I don’t know what’s going to happen with Texas A&M until they get a coach,” he said. “I’m looking around because when they do get a new coach, he might want to bring in his own recruits. I’m really not sure what’s going to happen.”
UPDATE: Union Grove DB DJ White has de-committed from South Florida and will visit Georgia Tech this weekend. “Georgia Tech is close to home, it’s a great academic program and I know some of the guys on the team already,” White said. “I decided to take a visit just to have a chance to see the program more in depth and hang around the players a little bit.”
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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