Super 44's `Scooter' on fast track to Terps

John Carroll's Monroe is on display tonight

July 24, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When Hun "Scooter" Monroe was promoted to John Carroll's varsity football squad as a skinny freshman, his coach, Bill Mackley, "guaranteed I'd go Division I if I kept my grades up and kept working on my talent," Monroe said.

"I was like, `OK,' " Monroe recalled. "I was motivated, but I was still kind of in disbelief."

Four years later, however, Monroe has proved Mackley prophetic: The 6-foot-3, 185-pound first-team All-Metro defensive back/running back is bound for the University of Maryland on a full football scholarship.

Monroe also will be among nine locals playing for Team Maryland in tonight's inaugural Super 44 Senior All-Star Game against Northern Virginia's All-Stars at 6 at W. T. Woodson High in Fairfax, Va.

C. Milton Wright's Steve Harward will coach Team Maryland in the contest, which replaces the Chesapeake Football Classic after six seasons and is tied at three wins apiece.

Joining Monroe on Team Maryland are two-time All-Metro receiver Lehrman Dotson of Broadneck, All-Metro defensive back/running back Hardy McSpadden (C. Milton Wright) and All-Metro two-way lineman B. J. Thomas of Randallstown.

Monroe's raw talent -- most notably his 4.3-second speed in the 40-yard dash -- attracted recruiters. And his 3.2 grade-point average and 1,010 SAT score didn't hurt.

The Terps, who plan to use Monroe as a wide receiver, won recruiting battles with Duke and Ohio University, as well as several others who offered him full scholarships.

"By the time I was a senior, with all the recruiting that was happening and people asking me where I was going, I was still thinking I'd go to anyone who would take me," said Monroe, who signed early with the Terps.

"In the end, it's nice to have had a choice. Most of the time, though, I think [critics] were like, `Yeah, but he's from Harford County.' "

A preseason All-Mid-Atlantic pick by the National Recruiting Adviser, Monroe rushed for 1,313 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 12 passes for 376 yards and an additional score at John Carroll.

His efforts, which included returning two of four interceptions for touchdowns, helped the Patriots to a third-place finish in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference. John Carroll finished 8-2 and with a No. 15 ranking in The Sun's poll.

Monroe, who has added 10 pounds from weightlifting, will get his first opportunity to showcase his receiving skills tonight at slotback.

"I played primarily running back at John Carroll because in that system, we felt that was the best way that I could get the ball in my hands as much as possible," said Monroe. "I really don't feel any pressure, just the chance to see how well I can do at the position Maryland recruited me for.

"I've talked to some of Maryland's receivers. I'm just trying to learn and make progress and have a lot of fun doing it."

Monroe calls his breakthrough game the 21-20 come-from-behind win over MIAA A Conference power Mount St. Joseph -- John Carroll's first over an A Conference team.

The Bel Air native demonstrated his versatility in that game, returning a kickoff 86 yards for a score, rushing for 66 yards on 14 carries and grabbing an interception.

Monroe's display of lightning-quick speed on a 100-yard interception return against Mount St. Joseph made a believer of many who witnessed it -- though it was later negated by a penalty.

"I think the Mount St. Joseph game was my most impressive. It was the one where I maybe proved myself to some people," Monroe said. "There was a lot on the line, still a lot of recruiting going on. But I don't think there were a lot of people who thought I was worth the hype. I even had trouble believing it."

Pub Date: 7/24/99

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