Fort Bend Bush has only been around for a few years but the school is one of the up-and-comers in the Houston area.
Ronald Monroe has an offer from Houston and could be close to one from TCU as well.
After making the playoffs for the first time in school history a year ago, the Broncos were co-district champions this past season before falling 21-17 to nationally-ranked La Porte in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs.
It should come as no surprise, then, that head coach Allen Aldridge has quite a bit of talent on campus. Despite losing a couple of seniors to the Division I ranks, the younger classes have quite a bit of potential as well.
Quarterback Ronald Monroe was the district’s Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore and followed that up with a strong junior campaign. He threw for 1,741 yards and 19 touchdowns while running for 243 yards and another six scores.
So far one local school has extended an offer to the 6-foot-2, 175-pound passer. However, quite a few others are showing interest.
“I have an offer from University of Houston,” Monroe said. “They offered me on Dec. 7.
“TCU, Oklahoma, Wake Forest, Boston College, Duke, Texas Tech, Baylor and I think that’s about it – those all could be close to offering.”
Monroe has made one campus visit this spring and hopes to make another in the not-too-distant future.
“I went on a visit this past Saturday to TCU,” he said. “In April I’m hoping to go to Boston College. [TCU] has to come down to see me throw – coach (Rusty) Burns, the quarterback coach.”
Sophomore offensive tackle Joshua Jones is high on both Baylor and Texas.
Though he plays quarterback now and would prefer to continue to do so, Monroe is open to the idea of playing another position in college.
“TCU said they’re recruiting me as an athlete, I believe,” he said. “I’d like to play QB but I’d be willing to play anything.
It is hard not to notice offensive tackle Joshua Jones. The 6-foot-7, 255-pound sophomore has an outstanding frame for an offensive tackle with plenty of room to keep growing into it.
However, the second-team all-district selection is also a standout on the basketball court. He helped Bush win the district title and come within one win from the region championship when they fell to eventually state champions Travis. Bush had already beaten Travis three times during the regular season though.
Though folks around Bush see the sophomore becoming a national football recruit, he sees himself as a bit more of a basketball player at this point.
“I’d probably consider myself more of a basketball player right now,” Jones said, “but I love football too.”
Jones, who has not been able to work out in offseason football due to the basketball conflict, has been invited to a sophomore day at the University of Texas this Saturday. However, he may not be able to make it due to a prior commitment. Still, he has a strong interest in the Longhorns.
“Probably Baylor and Texas,” he said as to his two early favorites. “I really like their academics and how they are good schools. I know that Baylor is a private school and Texas has a good medical center. That’s really interesting to me.”
He has seen some recruiting interest on the hardwood as well.
“I play for TJ Ford Elite in AAU ball,” he said. “I’ve gotten letters on basketball from Rice and Tulsa. I’m also really interested in Baylor and Texas for basketball. I’d love to play both (sports) in college.”
Unless Jones grows a couple more inches which might be tough with his father and mother being 6-foot-2 and 5-foot-11, respectively, it’s clear his future is on the football field. He has long arms as well as the footwork and athleticism to play left tackle at the next level. He is a bit raw right now but he should have offers from all over the country by this time next year.
Two more junior prospects
Olasunkanmi Adeniyi looks like a solid inside linebacker prospect on the hoot at 6-foot-2, 225-pounds. He had a big junior season with 48 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
“Ola” is receiving mail from Oklahoma and has strong interest in Duke, Houston, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. He could probably spin down to defensive end if need be as well.
The quarterback Monroe has a twin brother in wide receiver Donald Monroe. A second-team all-district pick as a sophomore, a meniscus injury kept him out this past season.
He is hearing from the same schools as his brother and could pick up some offers when he shows coaches he is healthy this spring and next fall.