CENTER, Mo. Trey Munroe, high school student Mark Twain signed his national letter of intent to attend Illinois College and play football for the Blueboys.
Monroe plans to major in pre-medicine and biology at Illinois College.
“They were really quick to recruit me,” Munro said. “I had an overnight visit and it was great there. The coaches really liked me and told me about their studies. I don’t go there just for football, I am also there to get a good education.”
Monroe was an EMO All-Conference unanimous member of the All-Conferences offensive line and linebacker in his first season.
In Monroe’s junior season, he was a First Team All-Conference pick up front and a Second Team All-Conference pick on the defensive end.
“In my middle and high school years, I really learned that you have to get it every single time in practice and games,” Munro said. “It doesn’t matter what. You really need to focus and shut down and work as hard as you can.”
This kind of attitude helped Monroe make a difference on both sides of the ball.
“He’s scored three defensive tackles for us this year,” said Mark Twain head coach Austin Lake. “He did everything for us this year. He was our great leader up front. He was probably our strongest sealer. So Illinois College is getting a good one with him.”
Illinois College graduated from a 5-5 season that saw the Blueboys win the last five games after the season opener 0-5.
With the Blueboys, Monroe will focus on defense. The coaching staff at Illinois College imagine him to be a quarterback and possibly a defensive linebacker or quarterback.
Lake said Monroe has the potential to play in many places.
“He’s a physical kid and he still has all kinds of potential,” Lake said. “I think he can play as an outside full-back for them, and he can play a defensive role for them. I think the end could be the best place for him because he has all that space to grow.”
Monroe led Mark Twain’s defense in interventions last season.
“We’re going to miss him at full-back,” Lake said. “The 6’2”, 225lb linebacker is difficult to replace at 1A, so we will definitely miss him in the locker room and on the field. “
Mark Twain set a school record with 10 wins during the 2021 season, after four consecutive losing seasons.
Monroe said he is proud of the Tigers’ transformation and hopes that Mark Twain’s teams in the future will continue to succeed.
“(My favorite memory was) the fun practices we had,” Munro said. They were serious, but still fun. We joked, played and had fun with the coaches and young players. Show them that they can be that way once they enter their early and senior years.”