December 30, 2010

Monangai may decide soon

West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep running back Kevin Monangai has seen his recruitment pick up in the last few weeks, and more and more schools are expected to look at the record setting runner.
Monangai holds offers from only one Division 1 school as of now in Central Michigan, and he was able to visit Mount Pleasant last month the check out the Chippewas program.

"It definitely was a really good visit," added Monangai. "It exceeded my expectations by a lot. CMU is kind of hard to get to, but once you're there it's a great place and I had a real good time on my visit."

On his visit Monangai was hosted by CMU freshman defensive end Kenneth McClendon and he also had a chance to meet most of the players and coaches.

"Yeah my host was Kenny (McClendon) and we really got a long great, he was a real cool guy. I was able to meet most of the players and I really got along with everyone. The coaches said I would have a good opportunity to come in and play early too. Of course I would have to compete for everything, but I am looking to play as soon as possible and I think I would have a good chance to see the field early at CMU."

Monangai has visited CMU and Fordham, and while he doesn't have any other definitive official visits lined up, several schools have talked to him about the possibility.

"I had a visit lined up with Towson in January, but that isn't set in stone yet and I'm not sure if I'm going to visit or not," added Monangai. "Villanova, Temple and Rutgers are all showing me a lot of interest right now. Temple came to see me before break, but they have some coaching staff problems and they just hired a new coach. Villanova, they are in the playoffs so they haven't had a whole lot of time to focus on recruiting, and Rutgers has basically told me they are waiting to see what a kid from Oregon does, so I don't know what's going to happen."

While he doesn't have a top three or top five, Monangai has started to look at his options closer and will probably make a decision soon.

"Not really," said Monangai on whether he had a list of top schools. "I mean, CMU is up there because they have offered me, and if I did have a top three they would definitely be in it. But a lot of schools are still pressuring me to make a decision, so I will probably have to decide soon. I will just have to sit down with my family and make the best decision."

Monangai is a three star running back and is ranked as the No. 27 player in the state of New Jersey.


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