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When James Franklin was hired as Penn State's coach a little over a year ago, the recruiting focus in the DMV area was only going to be magnified. Ayron Monroe is one of several prospects from the area that figures to continue the pipeline from the nation's capital to Happy Valley.
All smiles in the Facetime conversation as we welcomed @ay_ronnyron to the family! #PSUSigningDay pic.twitter.com/T5tVHb1RFl— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) February 4, 2015
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
High School: St. John's College
247Composite Rank: ★★★ (0.8635)
Positional Rank: #36 Safety, #5 Player in Washington, D.C.
Commitment Date: May 10, 2014
247 Crystal Ball:
High School Stats
Unfortunately, we couldn't find any reliable reports of Ayron Monroe's high school statistics.
One easy way to spot a great player is to watch how easy they make plays look. Whether it's the routine, or the highlight reel, everything just looks so smooth and natural. That is Ayron Monroe, and it's what I really like about what he's going to bring to PSU. His size will likely work against him early on, but once he gets bigger, he has all the ability to be a great safety at PSU. His speed is what could earn him early playing time, and he showed that speed off in high school on both sides of the ball.
His quickness and nose for the ball will serve him well at the safety position at Penn State, as he is destined to play the position with similar gusto as current starter, Marcus Allen. Monroe will need to put in work in the weight room in order to hit the way he clearly likes to hit at the next level, but there is no reason that can't happen.
As mentioned above, Ayron needs to put some size on before he can contribute consistently for PSU. With the depth issues at safety, however, there may be a shot there for him to step in, but I think a redshirt seems likely. Although the current starters and current depth are young players who will continue to be in competition for their spots, Monroe will also have to beat out fellow 2015 commits, Jarvis Miller and John Petrishen. A redshirt is most likely in the cards for Ayron, but it isn't completely out of the question for his speed and hit power to earn him a spot on special teams, similar to Troy Apke last season. Don't be surprised to see him be named the scout team player of the week a few times.
- Ayron Monroe Commits to Penn State
- Ayron Monroe's Hudl Page
- Ayron Monroe's MaxPreps Page
- Ayron Monroe's 247 Profile