July 23, 2014 at 3:00 AM
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Roemello Monroe is a three-sport athlete who made his mark at South Plainfield High School and will continue to compete at the next level in college.
He played basketball and ran track for South Plainfield, but says that his primary sport will always be football by far.
Monroe will attend Albright College in the fall on an academic scholarship and will play football after being the first player at South Plainfield to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a single season in close to 20 years, which he said was his goal coming into his final season.
"I'm looking forward to the rising level of competition and becoming a better player and a better man," Monroe said about his future at Albright.
Monroe shined as a running back during his senior year rushing for 1,104 yards and 13 touchdowns, but he also made an impact on defense as a linebacker. His aggressive playing style earned him First Team All-Middlesex honors on defense.
"We were a family," Monroe said. "Everybody cared for everybody and everybody played for everybody in practice and games. We're all one unit and that's why we had the best record that we've had in years."
The Tigers won their first four games of the season, but evened out in the second half of the schedule. Their 6-4 overall record was good enough to get them their first playoff berth since 2007.
In the first game of the season, Monroe led his team to a 47-13 victory over New Brunswick with a season-high 211 yards and three touchdowns on 18 rushing attempts.
He also impressed on Nov. 8 against Perth Amboy where he rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers' 32-8 victory.
Monroe was invited to play in the annual Snapple Bowl, a contest between the Middlesex and Union County senior all-stars, where he scored Middlesex's first two touchdowns on the ground to help his team win.
"I wanted to be loose because it is an all-star game," Monroe said. "I wanted to play hard and do the best I could to make South Plainfield proud."
On the basketball court, Monroe played in 61 games over three years for the Tigers where he scored 270 points, grabbed 102 rebounds and had 72 assists.
He scored 144 of those points during his senior year and reached double digit scoring in five games, including his last game in the Greater Middlesex County Preliminary round against Woodbridge where he scored 10 points in the loss.
Monroe hopes to get a degree in the field of business from Albright and pursue a career in becoming a sports agent in his future.