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Monroe takes in Signing Day as spectator

Del Oro’s junior running back hopes to put his name on the line next season
By: Justin A. Lawson
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The college football world pauses for a minute each year on the first Wednesday of February to see where the next crop of athletes will commit to play for the next four or five seasons. While college coaches are busy manning their archaic fax machines as they impatiently wait to ensure all players who verbally committed actually send in their paperwork on National Signing Day, the juniors heading into their senior season patiently take in the experience and wait for their turn. Del Oro running back Brandon Monroe will undoubtedly be one of those guys next year after leading the Eagles in rushing with 1,662 yards and 22 touchdowns on their run to an appearance in the CIF Division II state title game. His day is now just a year away but he made sure to stop by teammate Alex Bertrando’s signing Wednesday as the linebacker committed to play at Nevada. “That would pretty much be my dream just to sign a Letter of Intent because it’s always been my dream as a younger kid watching all these people get scholarships and being like, ‘Wow, I want to be one of those guys,” Monroe said. Monroe has already garnered attention from several schools including UCLA, Oregon State, Nevada and Brigham Young University. He said UCLA is his dream school and that BYU would be a good fit too because he is Mormon and former teammate Tanner Huber will be a preferred walk-on there next year. He plans to attend summer football camps at Oregon State and Nevada, which Monroe said would be a good fit because of the proximity to his parent’s home in Rocklin. “They’re my brothers, who went to BYU and UNR so it would be kind of nice to be playing with them again but it also kind of depends on the right fit,” Monroe said. “I think UNR would be a good fit also because it’s kind of near California, which is kind of where I want to be.” Monroe can verbally declare, which is non-binding, to a college at any time but he’s in no rush. In the meantime, he said he is looking to increase his 6-foot, 185 pound frame with 10 more pounds of muscle. He will likely need it going into next season as he is expected to become a bigger focal point of the Eagles’ attack after they graduate 27 seniors this year. His role will likely be increased as well on defense where he had 56 tackles and six sacks on the season as a defensive back. “I think he just needs to continue doing what he’s doing,” Del Oro coach Casey Taylor said. “He works really hard, he’s a tremendous worker in the offseason. “The thing about Brandon is he’s very humble, he’s not arrogant. He knows he’s very athletic and he’s going to have some opportunities and he’s a great player, but you wouldn’t know it hanging out with him. That’s one thing that I’m really impressed by him.” Monroe has built a reasonable collection of letters of interest that he tacks on the wall of his bedroom. He hopes to increase that collection and has plenty of opportunity to considering the number of recruiters that have frequented the Del Oro campus over the years. But Monroe said he still has a few more goals in mind before he gets too caught up in his college choice. “I just got to really work hard in the offseason and show that in the games and just show what I can do and get us to the state championship again,” Monroe said.