November 5, 2009

BC leads for 2011 RB

West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep running back Kevin Monangai has put together an impressive junior campaign so far and is establishing himself as one of the region's top backs in the Class of 2011. He has already drawn a lot of interest from several Big East schools, but right now one seems to be sticking out.

Seton Hall Prep is 7-1 on the season and Monangai has contributed 790 yards on the ground. He also lines up at cornerback and safety, but his future appears to be in the offensive backfield.

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound back runs the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds and isn't afraid of contact.

"The three I've been hearing most from are probably Connecticut, Cincinnati and Syracuse, but I'm also hearing from Rutgers and Boston College," Monangai explained.

"I e-mail the Connecticut head coach every day, and it's been all mail from Cincinnati for the most part. Usually I get one (letter) from them every day.

"I've talked to the Boston College coach Bill McGovern on the phone. He's just been telling me to keep up the good work I've been doing, and he's telling me about the school and the environment. I'll probably make a trip up there sometime, if not during the season then after the season."

Monangai has an interesting tie to the BC football program that seems to be helping the Eagles' cause.

"I'm good friends with Andre Callender," he said. "He graduated from my school and went up there, so I've really been talking to him a lot about it. I like them a lot and it's a school I'm really considering. I've always liked Boston College a lot, so really they're my favorite right now."

Monangai attended the Rutgers-Cincinnati game earlier in the season, but he doesn't have much to compare that trip to yet. He does know what he's looking for in a school.

"Definitely education and location," he said, citing the two most important factors in his recruitment. "I want to get a good education but I'm also looking to not go too far from home. Boston College seems like the perfect fit."

He went on to say that if Boston College extends an offer he would probably "wait it out a little bit," but it might be tempting to commit before too long.

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