Maryland has lost out on yet another local target to James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions, as three-star 2015 safety Ayron Monroe announced his commitment to Penn State on Twitter Saturday afternoon.
TODAY I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT IAM OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO PENN STATE UNIVERSITY! ⚪️ ⚪️ #WEARE #PSUnrivaled #107kstrong— ayron monroe (@ay_ronnyron) May 10, 2014
Monroe is considered a three-star prospect by the 247sports composite, and is ranked as the 71st-best safety in the nation and the 10th-best prospect in the District. Listed at 6'0" and 195 pounds, Monroe attends St. John's College High School (former home of Maryland signee Will Ulmer), and is the younger brother of current Terrapin star defensive lineman Andre Monroe, who, notably, was recruited to Maryland by James Franklin.
Franklin impact at Penn State
Maryland was long thought to be the leader for the safety, in large part due to his family ties, but Franklin and the Nittany Lions made a strong push to lure him away. Monroe is the fifth player from the area to choose Penn State in the Class of 2015, joining Adam McLean, Kamonte Carter, Brandon Polk and Jonathan Holland, and the third serious Maryland target to choose the Nittany Lions, joining McLean and Ryan Buchholz.
Franklin's staff is focusing a ton on out of state prospects -- an astonishing 10 out of their 16 commitments come from outside of Pennsylvania. That may have a ripple effect down the line for some of the in-state programs, and you can expect Maryland to try and pick up some three-stars from the Lions' backyard.
In terms of where Maryland turns at safety, you can expect them to make a bigger push at Ridge Point (Texas) three-star prospect Jameel Cook (along with his brother, running back Remus Bulmer). Jay Stocker and Myles Hartsfield are other options, but Cook is by far the most likely at this point.