July 19, 2019

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Diamond in the Rough: James Monroe

James Monroe is a 6’3” 270 lbs. defensive end for Opelousas Catholic high School in Opelousas, Louisiana. James bench presses 320 lbs., squats 450 lbs. and runs a 4.7 second 40-yard dash.


How long have you been playing football and what got you started playing?

I’ve been playing for about 12 years now. I started playing for the city league in flag football and I was having fun so I never looked back.


Who has been the biggest influence on you as a football player?

My mom and dad. They push me to be the best I can be at everything I do. My dad got me started playing when I was young, so he always pushed me to go harder and now I play for them.


What has football taught you about life?

It’s taught me to be in control and always know what’s going on. I try to always be a leader and have people follow my actions.


How would you describe yourself as a football player in a few words?

Vocal, outgoing, rough and spirited.


Where do you see football taking you in the future?

Honestly, football will take me wherever I want it to take me. If I keep playing, I have the ability to do a lot of things for a team. After my playing days are over, I can see myself coaching. Mostly, football has taught me to always be ready for what’s next.


What is the strong point of your game?

My leadership and playmaking ability. I can fight through pressure with the best of them.


Is there a college or professional player that you model your game after?

Cameron Jordan. We are both quick off the line and try to beat you with our hands first so linemen can’t get to our chest and we can get to the quarterback and make a play.


What will you bring to a college program that makes you special?

My leadership. I can be a vocal leader and a physical leader. I do the heavy lifting and attract attention so even if I’m not the guy making the play, my linebacker or defensive tackle will be free to make the play.


What’s the most fun you’ve had playing football?

It’s always been fun for me, but my senior year this year was my best year. I was the guy to make plays and the coaches knew they could count on me to make plays. Big downs they knew I wouldn’t jump offside or make a mistake. I’m a dependable player.