May 20, 2006

Monroe makes triumphant return

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA -- It's been a long wait for Sandalwood's Jacoby Monroe. Last year, the Jacksonville native missed the entire football season because of off the field issues. As a sophomore, he barely played because of injury problems. Despite barely seeing the field since his freshman year and there being no film available for recruiters to evaluate, the blue chip defensive end has already racked up over 50 scholarship offers.

Monroe finally suited up Friday night as part of the Jacksonville High School Jamboree and didn't disappoint.

On his first play on the field he recovered a fumble while playing special teams. Three plays later on offense, Monroe carried the football for a 40-yard gain. In the process, the 6-foot-2, 290-pound battering ram showed off his power and speed. Two plays later he lined up at tight end and proceeded to reel in a 9-yard catch. He added several big blocks and had a monstrous tackle for loss while playing defensive end.

Sandalwood's portion of the Jamboree only lasted two quarters with a running clock, but that was enough to show the nearly 50 college coaches in attendance, including FSU assistants Jody Allen and Mark McHale, that Monroe is as good as advertised.

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