Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.)
running back Brandon Monroe
gave a verbal commitment to San Jose State on Monday night.
Not bad for a back who wore a long expression earlier this summer when he met with San Jose State coaches during a workout at Sheldon High School in Sacramento, where scores of athletes from the region went through drills.
Monroe, a 6-foot-1 senior with speed and power, was not able to compete due to a bad ankle, which also denied him any chance to shine during an unofficial Oregon Ducks visit. But the Spartans kept in touch with Monroe, and Monroe was just as intrigued with the rising football fortunes of the Spartans as is with the school's animation graphic design program.
Monroe is the second name talent in Placer County to give a verbal commitment in recent weeks. Placer (Auburn)
national recruit Eddie Vanderdoes
, a 6-foot-4, 303-pound defensive lineman, gave a verbal to USC.
Monroe rushed for 1,662 yards and 22 touchdowns last fall for a Del Oro team that won the Sierra Foothill League championship, its eighth Sac-Joaquin Section title and reached the CIF State Division II bowl game, falling to Helix.
Del Oro is expected to again compete for the SFL title with rivals Granite Bay and Nevada Union. Of all the backs in the Sac-Joaquin Section, perhaps only Lincoln's (Stockton) Justin Davis
is more impressive. He is a USC commit.Joe Davidson has covered high school sports for The Sacramento Bee since 1988. Follow him on Twitter: @SacBee_JoeD, on Facebook at sacbeepreps and at www.sacbee.com/preps.