August 12, 2010

Monangai still likes UConn

Just more than a month ago caught up with New Jersey running back Kevin Monangai. Back then the 5-foot-10, 195-pound back talked about his interest in the Huskies as well as the work he is doing to earn his first offers.

As was mentioned previously, Monangai was once considered a top offensive skill position prospect in the Garden State, but that was prior to an ankle injury that occurred during his junior season at West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep.

Since then Monangai has been working hard to get back to full form and he's now poised for a senior season that is pivotal for his future. Several schools will be monitoring his progress in the weeks and months ahead, and whether he picks up scholarships will be determined by his play.

UConn is one of the schools that has maintained some level of contact with Monangai and the Huskies are still interested.

"I visited their campus back in June," Monangai explained. "The facilities were really nice. The coaching staff is really personable. They're likable people. I got along with the running backs coach and coach (Jonathan) Wholley is my recruiting coordinator. I've developed a pretty good relationship with him.

"UConn and most Division I schools have said they're going to be monitoring my progress in the fall so we'll see how that goes. They definitely like me. They're just waiting for me to have another productive season."

Boston College, Rutgers and Maryland are the other schools that still have Monangai on their radar. He said Pitt is also in the mix but he thinks it's unlikely that the Panthers will offer for a variety of reasons.

Thus far Monangai has visited Boston College, Rutgers, Penn State and Syracuse. This fall he will be taking an unofficial visit to Maryland and he still plans on visiting Pitt.

"Everyone's pretty much equal at this point," he concluded. "I've definitely gotten to know the Boston College coaches more (than the coaches at other schools) and I feel very at home there, but everyone's even."

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