Ayron Monroe, part of the 2015 Nittany Lion class, was a three star recruit from St. John’s College Prep in Washington, DC. Growing up, Monroe played football along with baseball, volleyball, basketball and ran track, breaking a national record in the pentathlon in the AAU Junior Olympics for 13 years old. Ayron must have inherited his athletic ability from his father Andre, who played football at Virginia State University and from his brother, Andre Jr., who played football at Maryland from 2010 to 2014.
Monroe redshirted in 2015 at Penn State, but came out strong last year, appearing in 10 games, and had the team high of 12 special team tackles with 10 stops on kickoff coverage and two on punt coverage.
During the Blue-White Spring Game, Monroe had an impressive performance, racking up five tackles along with an interception and a pass breakup, and garnering high praise from teammates and coaches .
Monroe along with Troy Apke, Nick Scott and Garrett Taylor are vying for the vacant strong safety spot (opened up with Malik Golden’s graduation), opposite safety Marcus Allen.
With his all-around athleticism and speed, Monroe would be a great addition to the starting lineup, but continues to face tough competition in summer practices. Check out some highlights of Ayron’s performance in the Blue White game and see for yourself!
Only 23 days!