ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
Position: Running Back
School: Atlantic (Class of 2016)
Where He Excels:
Dontavius Monroe has lightning quick feet and uncanny cutback abilities. Stops on a dime while keeping his leverage. Plus vision seemingly keeps Monroe a step ahead of defenders. Tough physical runner that keeps legs moving like pistons when carrying the ball in traffic. This leg drive gives him huge yards after first contact. Combine that with Monroe's low center of gravity and it's is almost possible to tackle him in the open field one-on-one. Great pad level between the tackles. Will make linebackers miss and run defensive backs right over. Possesses the extra gear that all "home run" backs need. Good hands out of the backfield make Monroe an every down back.
What To Work On:
Need to see him carry out fakes more on play-action passes. Selling those fakes will not only help the quarterback but will eventually benefit him when the safety stops screaming into the box on run action. As tough as Monroe runs, I know he has to be a very capable blocker, just want to see it on the film. Though not a fumbler, ball security worries me. Better ball placement can alleviate my concerns. To work on this Monroe needs to over-exaggerate having the ball high and tight when in practice. When the hits get bigger at the next level, Monroe will be glad he solved this before it became an issue.
Kokell Film Analysis:
Two words that come to mind when I watch Dontavius Monroe's film are shifty and powerful. It is a rare combination in the mold of Maurice Jones-Drew that is not often found in high school football. Monroe's breakout junior season this year, plus another full off season in coach TJ Jackson's program, should make Monroe one of the top backs in the area's 2016 class. Size may cost him some BCS offers but those same doubters (myself included) missed out on the greatness that is Park Vista alum Tre Mason (St. Louis Rams). Monroe is a special talent that has not reached his full potential yet, so I refuse to put a cap on how successful his football career can be.
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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.