Texas A&M football recruit visiting Georgia Tech this weekend

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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ATLANTA GA , USA

December 9th, 2011
2:05 pm

Gerald

December 9th, 2011
2:05 pm

The last thing that Georgia Tech needs is YET ANOTHER quarterback. Georgia Tech needs two impact tailbacks (not 2 star recruits who have no other FBS offers) and some guys who can make a difference on both lines. This guy isn’t even big enough to move to RB or safety (in a 3-4) if he doesn’t win the QB competition. Georgia Tech needs to fire their recruiting coordinator and replace him with someone who is used to recruiting against SEC schools in Georgia, not against ACC schools in North Carolina and Sun Belt schools in Tennessee.

The last of the Chan Gailey recruits leave this year, and it isn’t looking pretty. I like CPJ’s system, but if he won’t hire the assistants needed to recruit better athletes for it, CPJ and the system needs to go. I am still wondering why Georgia Tech didn’t hire Charlie Strong – who badly wanted to come here – when they hired CPJ.

Buzzzed

December 9th, 2011
2:16 pm

“The last thing that Georgia Tech needs is YET ANOTHER quarterback. ”

Maybe the coaches are preparing for one homesick QB to transfer.

rduck

December 9th, 2011
2:16 pm

best of luck to you Darian and congrats on all your offers. hopefully you will find a nice fit with GT. we would love to have you on the flats…

rduck

December 9th, 2011
2:20 pm

Gerald- i understand your feelings but with this system, we need as many great caliber QB’s as possible. this kid may or may not be the answer, but we need quality depth. with Tevin’s inconsistency, Days fumble problems and the uncertainty of whether Lee will be here and how good he really can be, we need to provide more depth there… but yes, we need to upgrade the talent at alot of positions…

FL Jacket

December 9th, 2011
2:33 pm

Better athletes. More depth.

GTKurt80

December 9th, 2011
2:35 pm

Joe Hamilton wasn’t very big and he finished second for Heisman. This kid can still grow, certainly will put on muscle and weight. Everyone seems anxious to replace Tevin, but he won 8 games for us and maybe still one more victory coming. Sometimes it just clicks with these kids, as it did for Joe. If CPJ wants this kid, then I trust that the kid has potential to make an impact.

Gerald

December 9th, 2011
2:40 pm

rduck:

Tevin Washington is inconsistent because he led Georgia Tech in carries, rushing yards and rushing TDs, and by a large margin. One man teams like Cam Newton don’t come along often. And even that is misleading, as Auburn had a very good (for the college level) offensive line and a good stable of tailbacks too. Washington can’t do it all by himself, and that is exactly what Georgia Tech asked him to do this season. Folks bashing Washington are purposefully overlooking the fact that Tech had no tailback reach 700 rushing yards this season. Were Tech running a Mike Leach offense where you throw the ball 60 times a game, that is OK. But in a triple option offense, not having a single tailback capable of getting 700 yards, let alone 1300 or 1400, is ridiculous.

I am a longtime fan of option football. I used to love watching the Big 8 and SWC back in the day. Those teams would often have 2 tailbacks rush for 1000 yards and a 3rd tailback rush for like 800. Now I know Georgia Tech can’t recruit like Oklahoma and Nebraska back in the day but come on … they should have at least ONE 1000 yard rusher, especially against ACC defenses.

You don’t even have to compare them to those old Big 8 schools either. Just compare them to past Tech teams. When Tech was running the option with George O’Leary, they had PJ Hamilton, who put up huge numbers and even played in the NFL for a couple of seasons. When they were running it with Bobby Ross, they had guys like William Bell and Dorsey Levens.

GT fans shouldn’t make Tevin Washington the scapegoat for having Andy McCollum as a recruiting coordinator. You could get 66 year old George O’Leary back at Georgia Tech and he’d recruit better than this.

Gerald

December 9th, 2011
2:42 pm

GTKurt80:

I’m not anxious to replace Tevin Washington. I’m anxious to replace Andy McCollum, Al Groh, Al Preston, and the many other guys on CPJ’s staff that can’t recruit. And if CPJ is unwilling to make the changes needed to get good Georgia talent into his program, then he needs to go.

Gerald

December 9th, 2011
2:46 pm

FL Jacket:

You need a coaching staff that can actually recruit to get better athletes and more depth. Say what you want about Chan Gailey, he hired an excellent bunch of recruiters on his staff. Gailey was getting NFL prospects from like Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Louisiana into Tech. But this staff that CPJ has put together can’t even keep 3 star Georgia kids away from the likes of North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Louisville.

The problem isn’t GT’s location, academics or their triple option offense (because they aren’t getting many big time defensive players either). The problem is a staff made up of guys from places like Navy, Notre Dame and North Carolina State (sorry for the alliteration but it is true, check out the backgrounds of the guys on CPJ’s staff … only 1 or 2 of them are suited for recruiting in the southeast against even Clemson, Virginia and North Carolina, let alone the SEC monsters).

If CPJ doesn’t get better recruiters on his staff and now, Tech will be 5-7 and 4-8 within a couple of years.

5150 UOAD

December 9th, 2011
2:47 pm

Coaching changes always open up recruits. The Crazy season is just cranking up!

Ramblin Man

December 9th, 2011
2:55 pm

Buzzed, how many QBs do you think a team needs? Washington has one year left and after that you have Days and Lee. I have always heard that 2 would be taken in this class and GT only has one right now in Andrews. Remember Golden and Demon were both recruited as DBs with Demon gets snaps in case of emergency. Most teams take a QB or two in each class because you never know about injuries, dropouts, or ones that just don’t work out. If McCalister (which could happen after this weekend), Frain, and White can be swayed that would be nice.
The class will be real nice if Dalvin and Shumate also decide to commit. Could somebody also explain to me why the coaches have not offered Michael Flint when GT has fallen to a low 3rd on Ryan Watson’s list. Hopefully thay offer him next weekend on his visit as he will probably commit on the spot.

Ramblin Man

December 9th, 2011
3:01 pm

What ever happened to Imani Cross? I thought he was high on GTs list and have heard nothing about his recruitment.

BigTimeTechFan

December 9th, 2011
3:02 pm

“The last thing that Georgia Tech needs is YET ANOTHER quarterback. Georgia Tech needs two impact tailbacks (not 2 star recruits who have no other FBS offers) and some guys who can make a difference on both lines”

Tech has commit from Marcus Allen, 6′2″ 210 RB who is awesome. Offers from FSU, Nebraska, Arkansas, Tennesse.
Also have slotted one for another RB. Tevin Colemen 6′1″ 190 track star speed in the mix along with Miles Jones

Big Guys they got:
DL Pat Gamble 6′4″ 273 (offers – UGA, Stanford, Miss St, etc…)
DE Francis Kalon 6′5″ 250 (offers – Auburn, Clemson, Arkansas, Stanford, etc..)
DT Roderick Chungong 6′3″ 255 (offers – Mich St, Miss State, Louisville, NC State, etc…)
OL Will Adams 6′7″ 275 (Illinois, Kentucky, Luisville)
OL Chase Roberts 6′3″ 292 – best OL in the state but early hard commit to Tech, Family background at Tech, so no offers

plus have a couple of big that have Tech in their final 3, example Devin Tomlison

Tech doing great job, last years class was awesome, this years is getting to be almost as good.
Erin Joe
Shaq Mason
Trey Braun

1eyedJack

December 9th, 2011
3:13 pm

I’m pretty well up on Georgia recruiting and I don’t think they’ve offered Alex McCalister. He wouldn’t be a main target.

How bout them BEES!

December 9th, 2011
3:18 pm

Gerald: Sounds like you have all the answers man, go down and fill out a coaching application.

reebok

December 9th, 2011
3:36 pm

It seems to me that most colleges sign 1-2 QB’s each year…some will transfer, get injured, get red-shirted, fail to make the grades, change positions. You need 2-3 QB’s good enough to start, plus 1 to run the scout team. You can’t have too many good QB’s.

collegefball

December 9th, 2011
3:44 pm

Not sure where you’re getting your info, but McCalister is a big target for GT has an offer. Defintitely would accept the commitment if we were lucky enough to get it this weekend. He’s at or near the top of the board for the 2nd OLB spot in this class.

collegefball

December 9th, 2011
3:48 pm

@Gerald. You must be on something to think GT will be 4-8 in a few years with CPJ recruits. I doubt we win fewer than 7 games for the rest of his tenure and average closer to 9/year. He’s 34-18 through 4 years right now, so a win in the bowl game would put him at 8.75/year so far.

slydog

December 9th, 2011
3:48 pm

The last thing GT needs is a 5′10 180lb. QB…LOL. They need this guy to play corner.

GT Insider

December 9th, 2011
4:02 pm

LOL @ UGA fans. Quick to point out that UGA hasn’t offered someone that may chose GT.

prison mike

December 9th, 2011
4:08 pm

Dap01

December 9th, 2011
4:09 pm

I thought CPJ did not like for commits to visit other school. Oh yeah, he dislikes it only when it don’t benefit HIM.

doddworley

December 9th, 2011
4:24 pm

Why would anyone wanna play quarterback for georgia tech?

FL Jacket

December 9th, 2011
4:32 pm

Dap01…and just which coach at their current commit are they breaking promises to? If you commit, make it known if you take an official visit elsewhere since OVs are limited. This kid as every right to give himself options if the new regime at A&M don’t fit his requirements.

I think any coach, not just CPJ, frowns upon the OV behind their back nonsense…

blazer

December 9th, 2011
5:04 pm

I Cross went to tennessee.

Paul in NH

December 9th, 2011
5:08 pm

In HS QB is usually one of the best athletes on the team – same as SS in baseball.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

December 9th, 2011
5:10 pm

GT has to recruit some defensive lineman with size if they ever expect to win big. The defense has a good coach but the talent is just not there nor the size. Ga Southern would be the sheet out of Tech.

Paddy

December 9th, 2011
5:18 pm

Wet Willie…….doubt Ga Southern would beat many or any legit Div 1 teams. You are correct about getting more beef on that D-line. They have talent but NO depth.

dear article writer

December 9th, 2011
5:21 pm

How about telling the player’s position before the 5th paragraph next time. You mentioned 3 other player’s positions before telling the about the articles subject. Thanks

GT Fan

December 9th, 2011
5:22 pm

Gerald, I really agree with you alot. I just want a QB that dosent get intimadated by Georgia and play their worst game against them i.e.—Ball and Washington. Every year PJ goes after players that Arkansas State, Ball State, Elon and Troy are offering. Go after the Bama, Gators and Notre Dame guys and hopefully they will get one or two. Get rid of Groh, his stats are same as Wommacks. PJ recruits guys that would be perfect for Navy and Ga. Southern, because of the competition. After watching LSU destroy Ga., go after their assistants. PJ beat Ga his first year with Gaileys players, now its looking horrible. Just hope Vad Lee stays here, could be our Moses.

Bottom line

December 9th, 2011
5:37 pm

The CPJ era has yielded NO title, ONE losing major bowl, two other losing bowl trips and tons of empty rushing stats and half empty stadium and really nothing exciting. The only big news here is our SECOND PROABTION in around 8 years.

NO ONE …………..NO ONE IS remotely interested in contacting Paul Johnson for a job and that tells us tons about his stature among other the other major football schools …………..NONE !!
THIS IS the BOTTOM LINE on the CPJ era.

just the truth

December 9th, 2011
6:08 pm

The only thing about this report is it’s about 2 days late. I guess reporting now is stealing info from other sites and posting it here 1 or 2 days later.

GTPhenom

December 9th, 2011
6:12 pm

. . . . Some of you still amaze me at wanting to get rid of CPJ. I can’t stop laughing every time I see it, and see all this stuff about how he can’t recruit. Ignore the fact that his average recruiting class is already higher than Gailey’s. Ignore the fact that in just his second season he won an ACC Championship, went to the Orange Bowl, won eleven games (more than Gailey ever even sniffed), and sent Four stud players to the NFL. Ignore the fact that regardless of struggles, he still shows poise and confidence, and shows that he is coaching these guys to be better men AND football players. But please, continue ignoring all of this. By the way, I personally feel we don’t NEED fans like you supporting Georgia Tech. Have a good day.

Veteran Observer

December 9th, 2011
6:27 pm

Enough of this silliness! As a graduate, I do not want to recruit most of the kids that go to SEC schools! We are not a football factory and have never been one! We are recruiting serious students, who are looking beyond a few years in college to their lives into the future. I am perfectly fine with this season and as a season ticket holder, will renew next year. It is exciting that we have a shot at so many good football players and that we have committments from some very good ones. Yes, it is bothersome to lose to the “country boys” again, but that will change and remember we were probably just a few plays from winning that game. Which is all I ask, that we have a shot to win the games we schedule! Good luck in El Paso and GO JACKETS!

Tom Cobb

December 9th, 2011
6:34 pm

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Let's be Realistic

December 9th, 2011
7:08 pm

Veteran Observer:

Thankfully, you will never be head coach of the Yellow Jackets. Paul Johnson will actively recruit the best athletes. Where these kids are also being recruited should never restrict our search. That’s crazy talk!

WnE

December 9th, 2011
7:13 pm

re:
collegefball
December 9th, 2011
3:48 pm
_______________

That 8.75 wins per year is a crap filled analysis and YOU KNOW IT!

The last 2 yrs. where more of Chan’s Recruits have LEFT and more of Coach Kung Fu Panda’s Recruits have PLAYED have resulted in a 14-11 record vs. the 69th toughest schedule in 2010 and the 71st toughest schedule in 2011.

CPJ’s tenure at GT is clearly TRENDING DOWN.

The harsh fact is why the GT fanbase feels it needs to “defend” CPJ so vigorously.

Chan’s recruits did better vs. TOUGHER schedules, and yet when CPJ’s recruits play EASIER schedules we get crappy, mediocre results.

Your defense of CPJ only tells HALF of the story, tell the full story and give full disclosure on what CPJ has done with HIS RECRUITS and then see how the GT fanbase feels about CPJ.

1-3 vs. Miami during a down era of Miami FB

1-3 vs. VT

1-3 vs. uga during an embarrassing Era of uga FB

0-3 vs. Bowl Teams that 3+ weeks to prepare

Quite simply CPJ has been propped up by a very weak ACC and horribly weak OOC schedules!

The best CPJ can do is 4-12 (IF he beats Utah in the Bowl) vs. the REAL FB Teams that GT plays, 4-12 doesn’t show me that I should put my FAITH in CPJ to take GT FB to that “next level”!

gtkenz

December 9th, 2011
7:16 pm

I could care less what position he plays. If Texas A&M offered him, he can play. Certainly beats stealing one from UAB. Hope we can get him this weekend.

CPJ 2K11

December 9th, 2011
7:23 pm

WnE

December 9th, 2011
7:13 pm

CPJ’s tenure at GT is clearly TRENDING DOWN.

There are more wins this year than last year. How is that trending down?

How many recruits did you stalk today?

Did you go shopping for fragrance this morning?

RambleOn84

December 9th, 2011
7:25 pm

Not that WnE has ever told the truth, but one especially egregious comment just can’t pass…this is the best era of UGA football EVER.

And we all know you know that, considering your allegiances…

GT GRAD

December 9th, 2011
7:31 pm

Coach PJ is doing a superb job with recruiting AND coaching. He is a winner and tells it like it is (straight shooter) which is a pretty dang good combination! He is already having success, but give him time and he will build a VERY solid team at GT.

Seriously………….consider how solid this group of players played this season; remember we are a VERY young team (mostly Freshmen, Redshirt-Freshmen and Sophmore players with a few Juniors and a handfull of Seniors). Coach PJ has a plan to recruit for his systems (Triple Option & the 3-4 Defensive scheme) and he is also trying to Redshirt as many players as possible………this approach allows GT to play with players that have 2-5 years of experience. They will be bigger, stronger and they will also know the assignments better! I am obviously a huge fan and I appreciate his efforts.

I would like to have won 2-3 more games (just like everyone else); however, we are a very young team and the future is VERY BRIGHT!!!

gtkenz

December 9th, 2011
7:31 pm

WnE,

4-1 against Clemson

3-1 against UNC

2-0 against FSU

2-0 against Miss. St.

2-0 against Vandy

I’m sorry but your argument doesn’t hold water. All of the aforementioned recruit as well overall as any “REAL FB Team” as you say it, in the country. CPJ had a great year with Gailey recruits and he had a bad year with Gailey recruits. 8-4 with a chance to go 9-4 ain’t too shabby, especially when it includes another win against a top 5 team, something Gailey never did. Props to UGA. They manhandled Tech this year, and yes he is 1-3 against them, but that has nothing to do with Gailey’s recruits. CPJ and GT football are fine. They are perennial competitors for the ACC title and they will beat UGA one or more times before CPJ retires. The program is in a good place and in very good hands with CPJ.

wrecked

December 9th, 2011
7:31 pm

How many 5′10 180 lb players does one team need?

gtkenz

December 9th, 2011
7:38 pm

Like I said wrecked, if A&M wants him, then we can certainly use him. If memory serves, Little Joe was about that size and how I miss Little Joe.

Worm

December 9th, 2011
7:42 pm

McAllister has NOT been offered by GA. and half those other schools listed..
Vad Lee has his bags packed for departure after the bowl game.

Jacket Man

December 9th, 2011
7:52 pm

Worm, crawl back under your rock. You don’t have a clue about GA Tech’s recruiting (frankly speaking, there’s quite a bit of info that hasn’t been released to the public yet).

Worm

December 9th, 2011
8:06 pm

Jacketman-McCalister-6′7″-210 DE-Projected to play LBer in a 4-3 defense…Clemmons, NC..I’ve seen him PLAY!

oger

December 9th, 2011
8:52 pm

NNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Stumpknocker

December 9th, 2011
8:59 pm

ESPN is citing several news sources out of Texas that Texas A&M will actively recruit Mark Richt and that money is no object.