March 21, 2011

Monroe looking for CMU offer

One player flying way under the radar in the 2012 class is Detroit (Mich.) Crockett wide receiver Tyree Monroe. Monroe joins a loaded Crockett squad after transferring from Madison Heights. As a junior at Madison Heights, Monroe was a two way standout that caught 13 passes for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns, while tallying 41 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries on defense. Now he is focused on joining a potentially exciting Crockett passing attack that includes another one of the state's top wide receivers in James White, and arguably the state's top quarterback in Brian Blackburn.

"Hopefully we can do better than last year, and I know some of the guys are still bitter about last season," added Monroe. "But (Brian) Blackburn and I have been out working to improve the passing attack, so hopefully we can put it all together and have a great season."

And make no mistake, Crockett is looking to rebound after a loss to Williamston that cost them a trip to Ford Field for the state title game. If they are able to accomplish that, a big reason will be the passing attack that features some of the top players at their respective positions in the state.

"I really don't know about last year, but with me I'm looking for our passing attack to double," laughed Monroe when asked how explosive the Crockett passing attack could be. "With James and I we have two wide receivers that can be unstoppable."

At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Monroe is more of an athlete than a pure wide receiver, and he could project to any number of positions at the next level. So far he has worked out as a WR at most of the camps, and he has done a good job of impressing spectators with his playmaking ability.

"I'm just very laid back and I love competition. I'm a hard worker and if someone comes in and works harder than me, it just provides motivation for me and I try and raise my level past that person. I try and work with the philosophy of being the last one to leave and the first one to arrive."

Despite his impressive early performances at camps, Monroe has yet to earn his first offer. Among the schools that are showing heavy interest are Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, Northern Illinois, Nebraska and Ohio State. Central Michigan has already offered Crockett quarterback Brian Blackburn when he came up to CMU for a visit, but Monroe was not able to make the visit to Mount Pleasant and he hasn't heard much from the Chippewas since.

"No, not really," added Monroe on his contact with CMU. "I was supposed to head up there for a visit when Brian did, but I couldn't get a ride. So I think that's why I haven't heard from CMU as much as I really want to."

But getting an offer from Central Michigan is definitely high on Monroe's list. He is very close with Blackburn and the two have had numerous conversations about continuing their playing career at the same school.

"Yeah, we're really close, we do everything together," laughed Monroe. "But a CMU offer would be real good. I know Brian really likes CMU, and if we have the chance to play together in college, it's something we would really like to do. If that was offered, we would probably take it, and I would love to have Brian around to keep pushing me everyday like he does."

For now, however, Monroe will continue to keep working hard and he hopes to hit the camp circuit hard this summer in the hopes of earning that first offer.

"With me not having any offers, I'm going to hit any camp I can. If the coaches want me to go to a camp, I will. Anything I can do to make myself better."

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