Meet Andre Monroe
This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.
Name: Andre Monroe
Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1992
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Hometown: Upper Marlboro
Position: Defensive tackle
High School: St. John’s (D.C.)
Senior statistics: 61 tackles, 18 tackles for loss
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Two stars. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 84 defensive tackle. ESPN.com -- Three stars, No. 56 defensive tackle, 77 rating.
Bench max: 365
40-yard dash: 4.8
Runner-up: “To be honest, I don’t know.”
Other schools considered: New Mexico, Akron, Bowling Green, Ohio, Miami (OH).
Favorite NFL player: Dwight Freeney
Favorite NFL team: St. Louis Rams
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Gucci Mane, Usher
Favorite book: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini
Favorite movie: “Set It Off”
Favorite TV show: “Everybody Hates Chris”
Favorite food: French fries
Favorite high school class: Gender and ethnicity
Favorite thing about College Park: “The location. It’s close to home.”
Other high school sports: Track and field (first three years of high school)
Hobbies: “Playing instruments, such as drums, keyboards, things like that. [And I like to] just create things, like drawing or coloring. Stuff like that.”
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “That my first sport was track and field since I was about six years old. I ran the 100-meter dash and won my second year in [an event in] Florida. ... I was a hefty kid, but it was before I played football. I couldn’t do football because I was too young, but I was big enough. When I was old enough I had to lose 30 pounds.”
Best football moment: “Well, it would have to be this year when we played Bishop McNamara and the running back was running the ball and me and my teammate, our middle linebacker, were going in on the tackle. So I stripped the ball and took it and ran in the end zone. It was a touchdown, but they said it wasn’t. But if you want to check the tape, it’s clear to see that it was a touchdown. They said that he wasn’t going anywhere and [we stopped] his forward progress, but it’s clear to see that it was a legit strip.”
Role model: “My dad. He’s my role model because he guided me throughout life and he has shown me how to be a man and make sure I’m doing the right things. And not just with me, but also my little brother, showing how to live life the right way. And he’s successful as a Baltimore police officer.”
Why Maryland? “Maryland was the best choice for me because I felt very comfortable and it’s a very likable environment. It’s very close to home, so I can see my family and they can come see me. The people there made me feel welcome and made it feel like I can connect with them. I’ve already started connecting with players, especially [St. John's graduate and Terps freshman offensive lineman] Pete White. I hang out with him and met his roommates. So we’re starting to bond early, which I think is very important as a team. I was also very impressed with the academics. [I think I’ll] fit in well and do well academically. And I just feel happy [about committing to Maryland].”