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Elijah Monroe’s brother showed him the way.
Monroe, a class of 2022 wide receiver from Campbell’s Westmont High School, watched his older brother morph into a star on the field.
Just four years ago, D.J. Monroe recorded a whopping 130 tackles his senior season in 2016, guiding Westmont to an 11-2 record, an undefeated mark in Santa Teresa League play and a trip to the Central Coast Section Division IV championship game.
“Just watched him play, and it made me want to play so much more,” Elijah Monroe said.
Because of his brother, who ended up being a two-star recruit and an all-state nominee, that’s why Elijah Monroe decided to begin his playing career on the gridiron as a freshman.
Right then and there, Elijah Monroe turned heads by making the varsity squad in his very first season strapping on the helmet and pads.
“Just changed my life, especially with my brother,” Elijah Monroe said. “He was just like, ‘Take it as far as you can. This game can take you places.’”
And football is paving opportunities for Elijah Monroe to go places.
This offseason alone, Elijah Monroe has made significant strides – particularly while working out with his team at Deliberate Training.
“Crazy amounts,” Elijah Monroe said. “Overhead catching, route running, speed releases, just everything. Changed me as a player.”
It’s a testament to a strong work ethic and heeding the advice from his brother before him on what it takes to be successful.
“He wakes me up in the morning,” Elijah Monroe said. “He’s just always taught me to outwork your competition because you’re always going to be overlooked by someone else.”
Through his first two years, Elijah Monroe has already experienced high levels of success, and colleges are taking notice of his talents just like they did with D.J. Monroe.
Elijah Monroe said Portland State has shown interest, and with Sept. 1 opening up the recruiting period for rising juniors, more programs should be in touch soon.
His first couple of years at Westmont have featured rebuilding campaigns for a Westmont program that is not far removed from that CCS runner-up finish with D.J. Monroe on the roster, going 1-9 in 2018 when Elijah Monroe was a freshman and improving that mark to 4-6 in 2019 and nearly qualifying for the section playoffs.
Elijah Monroe is working to help Westmont take that next step up and become one of the top teams again in the Central Coast Section.
“For my team this year I want to make it to the playoffs,” Elijah Monroe said. “Had a little bit of a rebuild so far. I just want to see us win a lot. And for myself I really want to put up a good amount of touchdowns and get my name out there.”
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